Shareholder Benefits

We call our member-owners shareholders, because they have all invested in our business, each individual’s share having the same value. The primary benefit of this system is that everyone has an equal share, and everyone has equal opportunity to participate, from shopping for groceries to serving on the board of directors.  But in addition, we offer a number of benefits to BFC Shareholders that provide great value. If you have any questions about any of this, please stop by the Shareholder Services desk and talk with our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

As a Shareholder you receive the following benefits:

  • You are part of a successful 40+ year cooperative dedicated to the development and sustainability of a strong local food system.
  • You will find pride in keeping your Co-op a vibrant and sustainable community-owned resource for years to come.
  • Receive a FREE subscription to Food for Thought, the Co-op’s monthly newsletter plus our e-news.
  • A voice in the Co-op! Vote in annual elections and other Co-op owner votes.
  • You may run as a candidate in Board elections.
  • You are eligible to take FREE yoga and spinning classes, FREE and discounted adult classes, and many FREE cooking classes for children, tweens, teens and adults.
  • FREE use of the Co-op Community Room (a few restrictions apply).
  • Invited to the Annual Meeting meal and receive a FREE copy of our Annual Report.
  • Receive an 8% discount as a working shareholder (2 hours per month – ask for details).
  • 10% off purchases during our Shareholder Appreciation events.
  • Discounts on pre-order case lots. Save big!
  • Receive special Shareholder offers and coupons throughout the year.
  • 8% discount for elders, and I 0% discount for those who qualify for our Food for All program.
  • Patronage Dividends when we declare a profit.
  • Individual and Family Shares Available.
  • Check writing privileges for up to $40 over the amount of purchase.
  • Single Shares: Your one-time investment of $80 can be paid over 18 months
  • Family Shares: Households of two adults and their dependent children under 18 can pay their one-time investment of $160 over 3 1/2 years
  • Discounts on cooking classes and other Co-op events


(Shares are refundable or transferable.)

Become an Owner by purchasing your share for as little as $20.

Individuals – Invest $80 for one share.
*Share can be paid in full or in $20 installments over time.

Family – Invest $160 for 2 shares as partners, or as 2 adult family members living at same residence.
*Share can be paid in full or in $20 installments over time.