Our Co-op began in 2009 when a group of North Quabbin community members came together with the goal of increasing access to local produce. As a loosely structured group of volunteers, we started by offering sustainable shares: produce aggregated from local farms and distributed weekly.
As local support and community grew, so did the Co-op. In 2011, a small storefront was opened in Orange – 100% volunteer run – that offered healthy food products along with the weekly shares.
The Co-op continued to grow and it soon became clear that a larger store and paid staff were needed. As we searched for a possible site, a collaboration developed with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. In 2014, Mount Grace purchased a building in downtown Orange which now houses our expanded market.
The mission of Quabbin Harvest is to provide healthy food at an affordable price, while building community, supporting local agriculture and respecting the natural environment. Achieving this goal would never be possible without the broad support of our members and our community, so we thank you. We are proud to be a part of the North Quabbin community, and we hope to see you soon in the store!