Central Square in Cambridge is a popular and bustling spot for a variety of reasons, including the diverse array of restaurants, cultural attractions like the Middle East Nightclub and the Central Square Theatre, and shops selling thrift clothing, used books, art supplies, and more. Despite all these exciting offerings, one of the things that excites me most about visiting Central Square is the opportunity to shop at the Harvest Co-op Market, a member-owned grocer specializing in natural and organic foods.
Harvest offers a great variety of all the foods you can expect to find at a grocery store, including dairy, eggs, meat, produce, packaged foods, cosmetics, and home cleaning products, and an impressive bulk food section. In addition to natural and organic products, Harvest also makes an effort to provide products that are fair trade, local, and sustainably produced. For a vegetarian, gluten free and vegan-leaning eater like me, the Harvest Coop Market is a great place to find specialty and alternative products that are difficult to find in normal grocery stores. Whenever I visit, I make sure to stock up on all the vegan cheese, gluten free snacks, kombucha, and natural cosmetics I can afford.
Anyone is welcome to join the co-op for a refundable investment explained on their website, and members enjoy perks such as a patronage rebate in years that the co-op makes a profit, monthly 10% coupon days, and participation in the annual Board of Directors election. Whole Foods can’t match this!