This week we talked about economical ways to buy and store food in bulk, and several comments mentioned shopping at food co-ops as a budget-friendly way to stockpile staples. But what if you don't want to deal with membership requirements or don't have a co-op near you? Thanks to the web, you still have options.
Online-based food cooperatives are on the rise and Food52 has gathered a list of the most promising sites for collective shopping. Some, like Meetup.com, have been co-opted for the purpose of finding like-minded shoppers, while sites like Brooklyn-based This Batch are specifically dedicated to connecting people in search of local produce.
The list is short, but we're hoping the number of sites like these continues to grow, making it more convenient to buy local food no matter where you live.
• Get the full list: The Co-op's Online Revolution
Have you ever participated in an online food co-op? Are there any sites you recommend?