We are a direct-to-consumer cooperative of producer and consumer members in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. IVFC is a web-based cooperative where consumers can order products directly from area farmers and other local businesses. Shop Here IVFC acts as a facilitator, providing a marketplace for all types of local producers, processing orders and payments, and facilitating delivery to consumer members.
After two years of planning we opened successfully in August of 2011, and have been growing rapidly ever since. Consumer members can select from hundreds of items listed by our producers every month. From seasonal vegetables (including kale, chard, lettuce, arugula, squash, potatoes, pumpkins, onions, shallots, garlic, radishes, and more) to berries, apples, eggs, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, chevron, baked goods of every kind, homemade soaps, rugs, baby clothes, frozen custard and more; the bounty of Eastern Iowa is truly amazing!
Currently the co-op operates once a month from a distribution site in central Cedar Rapids, Matthew 25 Ministry Hub 225 K Ave. NW Suite G Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. We open a shopping basket on the first of the month and distribute food on the third Wednesday. See our calendar for these and other important dates.
To shop the co-op, or sell through the co-op, you must first become a member. Producers pay a one-time refundable member share of $75. Consumers pay a one-time refundable member share of $25. All members pay an annual $10 fee to help defray administrative costs. We also charge transaction fees on each order that amount to 10% for producers and 10% for consumers.
Our mission is to increase the resiliency of the local food system in Eastern Iowa by developing the market, increasing the sale, and building the infrastructure for fresh, fairly-priced, sustainably produced food in our local region. We want to partner with consumers, producers, and businesses that share similar goals. If you share these goals please consider joining or partnering with us!
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