Wesleyan Local Co-op

The Wesleyan Local Food Cooperative is a student-organized and -run group whose goal is to bring local, sustainably grown, and delicious food to the Wesleyan community. Eight groups make up the cooperative: cheese, bread, meat, produce, tofu, mushrooms, coffee, and kombucha. The individual co-ops and their products are detailed below.  

All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate in co-ops.  Email questions to Cate Goodwin-Pierce.


Sign-up: Co-ops run each semester, usually for 9 weeks.  The Spring 2024 sign-up form is open through Wednesday, February 7 at 11:59 PM.  All participants MUST do both of the following:

  1. Fill out the sign-up form.
  2. Go to Swipe Night Tuesday, February 13th from 5-8 PM at Usdan Daniel Family Commons to register to pay for the shares they have signed up for.  If you are splitting your shares with other people, all group members' Wes IDs must be brought to swipe night! You CAN bring in others' IDs and their payment methods if they cannot be there.

Payment: Participants choose one or more co-ops and pay for each a la carte.  Payments accepted include WesCard, credit card, or check (made out to Bon Appétit). Participants can split the shares with up to 6 people and may split the shares evenly or unevenly between participants. For example: Sara pays for 50% of 1 bread share while Clare, Lamonte, and Isaac split the other 50%. 

Weekly and biweekly pickups: Some groups have weekly pickups and others have biweekly pickups.  Pickups are every Wednesday from 5-7 PM in the Usdan Multipurpose Room (Room B25). 

Spring pickup dates will be weekly from Wednesday, February 21 through Wednesday, May 1 (note that there will be no co-op pickups over spring break).

Additional Details

  • Bread

    $75/75 points per share

    1 loaf of bread of your choice per week, 9 pickups per semester

    Source: Sweet Sage Bakery (Middlefield, CT)

    Bread options

    • Rustica - wheat sourdough
    • Roasted Garlic Asiago - wheat sourdough
    • Six Herb - organic herbs: parsley, dill, rosemary, marjoram, basil & fennel, wheat sourdough with sesame seeds on top
    • Challah - traditional egg bread made with yeast
    • French Country - wheat, whole wheat & rye sourdough
    • Olive Boule - same as french country but with kalamata olives
    • Potato Rosemary - same as french country with organic red potatoes and rosemary
    • Multigrain - wheat and whole wheat sourdough with seven grain & seed mix
    • Farmhouse - wheat, whole wheat & cracked wheat sourdough
    • Whole Grain - wheat, whole wheat, rye & buckwheat sourdough
  • Cheese

    $128/128 points per share

    2-½ lb. blocks of cheese of your choice per pickup, 5 bi-weekly pickups per semester

    Source: Cato Corner Farm (Colchester, CT) 

    Cheese options

    • Dutch Farmstead
    • Womanchego
    • Black Ledge Blue
    • Vivace Bambino
    • Bloomsday
    • Dairyere
    • Hooligan
  • Coffee

    $68/68 points per share

    12 oz. bag of coffee of your choice of roast per pickup, 5 bi-weekly pickups per semester

    Source: Perkatory Roasters (Middletown, CT)

    Coffee options

    • Dark Roast
    • Medium Roast
    • Options from the above include Bourbon Barrel Aged, Colombia Decaf, Sumatra
  • Eggs

    $35/35 points per share 

    6 eggs per week, 9 pickups per semester

    Source: Cold Spring Farm (Colchester, CT)

  • Kombucha

    $115/115 points per share

    9 weekly pickups per semester

    Source: 860Kombucha (Mystic, CT)

    Shareholders will receive a 32oz Bottle of your choice of select local and seasonal Kombucha Flavors each week.  Common flavor options include: 

    • Berry Breeze – blueberry, mint, lime
    • Be Hoppy – hope, pineapple, mango, apple, lemon, lime
    • Morning Dew – elderberry, lemon, lime
    • Deep Sea – blue spirulina, coconut, pineapple, lime
    • Light and Sunny – lemon, ginger, lime
  • Meat

    $105/105 points per share 

    Source: Cold Spring Farm (Colchester, CT)

    Meat options (availability and quantity varies week to week) all packages $9 so if you choose a more expensive option, it will be a smaller quantity and vice versa.

    • Ground Beef $8.50/lb.
    • Ground Pork Sausage $7.99/lb.
    • Pork Chops $6.99/lb.
    • Ground Turkey $6.99/lb.
    • Chicken Thighs $5.99/lb.
    • Bacon $9/lb.
  • Mushrooms

    $70/70 points per share

    1/2 lb. mix of mushrooms, 5 bi-weekly pickups per semester

    Source: Seacoast Mushrooms (Mystic, CT)

    Each week there will be 1 bag of a mix of mushrooms including Button, Portobello, Shiitake, Blue oyster, Lion's mane, King Trumpet, Crimini, Chanterelle, and Maitake.

  • Produce

    $135/135 points per share

    5-7 lbs. of produce weekly, 9 pickups per semester

    Sources: TBD

    Everything is seasonally grown and local so in the spring expect:

    • winter vegetables to start (potatoes, beets, turnips, squash, onions, apples, garlic etc.)
    • later on lettuce, other greens, tomatoes, herbs, carrots
    A typical weekly produce share might include 2-3 bunches of spinach, 3-4 apples, 3-4 turnips, 1 squash, 2-3 carrots, and 1 head of garlic.
  • Tofu

    $25/25 points per share

    1 lb. of firm tofu weekly, 9 pickups per semester

    Source: The Bridge (Middletown, CT)

    Note: Since Stephan presses it himself it DOES NOT come pre-packaged. If you are participating in tofu co-op you will need to bring tupperware to carry your tofu.