Celebrating 50 Years of Local in Lexington
Know Your Neighbors at Good Foods Co-Op on Southland Drive
From a group of friends splitting up 50-pound bags of bulk foods in their living room, to a thriving community of over 9,000 local food enthusiasts, the Co-op has come a long way in the past 50 years.
It’s especially meaningful that this community-owned grocery store and cafe should celebrate such a milestone as the world hits the two-year mark on this pandemic, which has taught us to care for our neighbor, cheer on our local healthcare workers and rely on our local farmers to feed us when national supply chains fail.
Local food is not only the Co-op’s past, it’s the world’s future. The short trip from a nearby farm to a market’s shelves preserves the nutrient density of foods, and that short trip also helps the planet by preventing the unnecessary use of fossil fuels to transport your food from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. Another bonus of eating local? You can count on your farmer to put a priority on feeding their neighbors. In times of uncertainty, local food is a lifeline.
At Good Foods Co-op, they like to keep it close. Many suppliers of the Co-op are located within Central Kentucky, and all foods marked as “local” come from within the state.
Beyond the food supply resiliency you can count on with local foods, and the greenhouse gas emissions you can avoid, shopping local at Good Foods Co-op also helps the earth by supporting sustainable farming practices. Methods like organic farming, pasture-raising livestock and regenerative agriculture help maintain the health of the soil while sequestering carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere.
And when you really get down to it, yes, local food is better for your health, better for the local economy and better for the earth, but it also tastes better!
Stop into Good Foods Co-op on Southland Drive to taste the difference, and keep tabs on their Facebook and Instagram accounts for 50th anniversary events, exclusive products and giveaways!”
Good Foods Co-Op is located at 455-D Southland Drive in Lexington KY. You can learn all about them on page 32 of the 2022 Annual Beaumont Guide, celebrating the very best of Southwest Lexington. Be sure to congratulate them on 50 years in our extraordinary neighborhood.