By Ken Stern 

Happy 50th anniversary, Skagit Valley Food Co-op


August 2, 2023

A 1960s VW Microbus is parked outside the Skagit Valley Food Co-op

Ken Stern

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE – Last Sunday member-owners and others were shopping at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op in Mount Vernon. At least one came in her decades-old Volkswagen bus. The Co-op celebrates its 50th anniversary this month with a celebration 4-8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Skagit Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Mount Vernon.

First to last, for 50 years the Skagit Valley Food Co-op has been about its member-owners. That, and the international principles embraced when the cooperative was founded as a buying club in a Presbyterian church basement in Mount Vernon in August 1973. "We would not exist without our members," said Nicole Vander Meulen, the Co-op's marketing and outreach director, Friday.

"Let's start at the beginning ... YOU," the 2022 annual report proclaims next to the winding path of milestones depicting the organization's history from its humble origins to 2023. Today it anchors downtown Mount Vernon, o...

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