Door to door campaigning brings me into the worlds of many different people in many different walks of life. Yet the common denominator among so many in the 147th District is growing, producing, selling, buying and enjoying healthy foods.

 This week, while carring petitions in East Aurora, I enjoyed the pleasure of meeting one of the prime organizers of the new East Aurora Cooperative Market. While I have known about the market since last winter, this was my first opportunity to speak directly with someone working to build membership and get the market up and running.

What this organizer told me is that the market is getting closer to reality, with a permanent space soon to be announced.  Personally, I was thrilled to hear this news, as I have long enjoying shopping at the Lexington Avenue Co-Op in Buffalo, and would be happy to patronize a co-op in the Southtowns. 

On a much broader level, the news of a co-op serving residents of southern Erie County also means that local farmers will have yet another retail outlet for their produce and their products.  As well, residents will have another local business to fuel the 147th’s economy as the co-op hires staff, buys operating products for their business and becomes an active part of the community.  All in all, an economic boost for everyone.

The only thing lacking in making the co-op a complete success is membership.  Their ultimate target goal is 1,000 members.  They are currently just under 700.  So, if you value being able to shop for local, healthy foods and products, check out the East Aurora Co-Op’s  website ( and consider becoming a charter member.  With a stated mission of, “providing wholesome food that improves the health of individuals and ultimately our communities, and also the economic health of our region.”  the East Aurora Cooperative Market is a good investment on every level.