Crow Wing Food Co-op (CWFC) is a cooperatively owned grocery store dedicated to sustaining a healthy and thriving community.
CWFC was founded in 1979 to create everyday local access to healthy foods (back when things like whole wheat flour were hard to find). They banded together, drafted by-laws and articles of incorporation, sold membership shares, and eventually opened a small storefront. Crow Wing Food Co-op was born.
Today, Crow Wing Food Co-op remains dedicated to the mission of sustaining a healthy and thriving community by providing everyday access to local, allergen-friendly, organic, fair trade, and sustainably produced foods that our member-owners and community depend on.
In 2021, Crow Wing Food Co-op expanded and relocated into Downtown Brainerd with a new storefront in the heart of the historic downtown square. CWFC now has four times as much retail space, a fresh new look, updated equipment, and a deli with healthy grab and go breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. CWFC now joins the thriving Destination Downtown Brainerd Business Coalition to help reinvigorate Downtown Brainerd and bring more healthy, locally grown food to our community and those who visit Lake Country.
Crow Wing Food Co-op aims to model sustainable practices to help our member-owners and community be responsible citizens who care for each other, our community, our planet, our farmers, and the natural world around us.