For the first time since Food King closed, fresh produce and meat can be purchased in Waterville.
The 4-Corners Food Co-Op in the former Bank building on the Triangle rolled out with a quiet opening in June. After some customer feedback, the Co-Op has expanded its days and hours to make shopping after work more convenient.
The Co-Op, run by volunteers, sells produce in season from local farms, along with local meat and dairy items from Stoltzfus farms. Two Waterville residents, Gillian Mowrey and Suzanne Sheppard, have their license for commercial baking in their homes and provide a fresh supply of breads, rolls and dessert items.
Also on the shelves are all sorts of items for baking. Along with purchasing from local producers, the Co-Op orders items in bulk through a place in Ithaca that services only to co-operatives like 4 Corners.
The idea for a co-op grew after grocery stores in Waterville and West Winfield closed, leaving people without close by places to obtain fresh food. After searching for a place to suit both communities, the choice was made to locate in the spot where…