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New digs for Central City Co-Op

Central City Co-Op, Houston’s premier organic produce co-op, has moved to a new location in Montrose.

Central City Co-op moved this week to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, where the growing organic market’s members have renovated a space for their own use.

The church, 2515 Waugh Drive, was an ideal partner for the 8-year-old co-op, which previously held its weekly Wednesday market at Ecclesia Church, 2115 Taft St. The group also manages a Sunday market at Discovery Green.

“We realized as recently as a year and a half ago that we were outgrowing the space,” co-op board chairwoman Tiffany Tyler said of the Taft Street location. “When farmer deliveries happened on Tuesday nights last spring, we would pack that store room and it would literally be packed floor to ceiling with produce.”

The co-op got its start on a front porch as a way for friends to share the cost of organic foods. Every move since, Tyler said, has doubled the market’s business. More than 200 member families now pay the $48 annual fee, she said, and many others buy $1 passes to shop on market days. The group gets its produce from eight organic farms and from Country Fresh Inc., the same organic supplier used by local groceries.

Tiffany, for those of you who may not know, is my wife. You can find the new location for the Wednesday market here. Come check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

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