Keeping It Local.

Local foods are fresher, taste better, and typically retain more nutrients by traveling faster from field to plate instead of spending days or weeks in shipping. By purchasing goods from local producers, we work to create and maintain a healthy local economy and support family farms whenever possible. Spending your hard-earned dollars on local food and goods gets you great-tasting food and a vibrant community. 

In 2014 over 20% of our total sales at the Dubuque Food Co-op were LOCAL products. That’s almost $112,000 pushed back into our community directly to LOCAL producers!

Holiday Thanks from the Dubuque Food Co-op Crew!

The crew just did our Secret Santa exchange this morning... creepy Santa ornaments, vinyl Men At Work albums, cooking utensils, gift cards, turtle jerky (for realz), fingerless gloves, and more! It was silly fun, but we'd like to share our serious thanks to both the Dubuque-area community and the larger co-operative community for all of the great support since we first opened this past May. Have a grand New Year!

Seasonal produce update

The weather has taken a turn, farms are selling down their warmer crops, and Leah has been pumping up your Produce department with a beautiful winter selection of excellent organic and LOCAL produce.  We’re talkin’ pears, sunchokes, leeks, squash, tangerines, tangelos, apples, kale, and more.  In fact, Produce tends to be our most dynamic department, as it's so seasonally dependent and so fresh.  

And on this note, your trusty Produce Lead Leah has reported in on all the latest produce news here!

Introducing Student Memberships

Student life brings challenges, such as limited income and changes in residence from year to year, but we feel that students who are interested in great food and great community should have access to both.  Therefore we are happy to now offer Student Memberships.  These will not carry the full privileges enjoyed by our over 1,850 owners, but they will provide the opportunity for students to be involved with a mission-driven business that values people over profits (that's us!), and to save some money in the process. 


If you know a college student who may be interested in being a part of our cooperative community, please share this link with them.

From Toni in Wellness

Are you starting to get that nagging feeling that you're coming down with something? We have new products from Simply 'bee' Natural, a regional herbal company in Winona MN, 150 miles to market. Throat Tonic has marshmallow root, echinacea, and red root for chronic throat conditions. We also have Virus Away, which is full of your favorite anti-viral herbs, such as echinacea, calendula, hibiscus, astragalus, and more. And don't forget Echinacea-Goldenseal Tincture, a must-have for your family this time of year!

New Stuff

What's new?

  • We now have LOCAL Spicy Zucchini bread, Potato bread, Rosemary Garlic bread, and Pumpkin muffins from East Mill Bakeshop & Catering in East Dubuque IL, just 7 miles to market.
  • We have LOCAL, organic stew meat, New York strips, Ribeye steaks, and ground pork from O'Connell Organic Acres in Durango IA, just 15 miles to market.
  • We have regional organic chicken breasts, organic chicken legs & thighs, whole chickens, and chicken & sage sausage from Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna MN.
  • We have LOCAL ground lamb from Forest Hill Farm in St. Olaf IA, just 70 miles to market.
  • We have LOCAL organic wheat & flax bread from Manna Java World Cafe in Dubuque, just 4/10 of a mile to market.
  • And we now have LOCAL hot coffee, fresh-brewed with beans from Verena Street Coffee Co. in Dubuque, just 3 miles to market!

We also have new arrivals in Produce:

  • LOCAL organic golden turnips from Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua WI, 100 miles to market, as well as persimmons, tri-color pearl onions, fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, chives, and dill), and broccoli slaw.  Oh, and fresh pecan date rolls, which are soooooooo good.

What's New in Produce?

We have fresh cut organic butternut squash, whole cut organic pineapple, and organic pomegranate seeds (yum!!!). And we now have Beauty Heart radishes from Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua WI... tasty, organic, and LOCAL, and easily one of the prettiest vegetables we've ever seen.

Also new: Butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash from Honey Hill Organic Farm in Potosi WI, just 25 miles to market. All organic, LOCAL, and just 99¢ per pound. And we'll soon have LOCAL organic Kabocha and Delicata squash from Little Maquoketa Organics in Holy Cross IA, just 22 miles to market.

'Tis the season for sweet taters and cranberries, and we have 'em! We have LOCAL sweet potatoes from Tree Of Life CSA in Cuba City WI (just 16 miles to market), and cranberries from Necedah WI. Add our NEW LOCAL maple syrup from Great River Maple in Garnavillo IA (just 49 miles to market) and make something really delicious. Just follow this recipe

October Sales are on!

Between our Store Sales and our Owner Deals we have over 500 items on sale throughout the store.   Folks have discovered that we have really great sale prices, and this month is no exception.... ee have organic jams on sale for 2.79, 32oz organic broths for 1.49, gluten-free sandwich cookies for 3.49, organic frozen veggies for 2.79, and Fair Trade Certified organic coffee for 8.99/lb.  We have a variety of baby foods on sale right now, as well as lots of prenatal and women's multivitamins from Rainbow Light.  Just click here to see this month's flyer.

If you are a member of the Dubuque Food Co-op then you should have recently received an Owner Appreciation Coupon good for 15% off of your entire order.  That 15% will also be discounted off of our already low sale prices, but please be sure to use your coupon by closing on Sunday, October 12th!