and Information Page
landed on the
page for the
a buying club of about 35 Ripon-area families. We combine buying power to
order from a huge selection of mainly natural and organic foods from our
supplier, United Natural Foods, Inc., the largest U.S. wholesaler of such
foods. We've been active since 1978. The co-op gives its members access to
a much larger choice of high quality foods and personal care products than
even a big city supermarket could provide, frequently at below-supermarket
prices and sometimes with substantial savings.
This web page is only occasionally updated; it is here to help you find
the information you need.
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you are not
a member, and
want to know
more about the
. . .
and need a
addressed . .
to find out
and we'll be
happy to help.
to read our Quick
the Co-op page.
It's a summary
of what the
There's also a
FAQ page (link
at the bottom
of this page).
the list below
whoever is in
charge of the
web page is
only the first
name is shown;
is in your
If you need a
copy of the
you are not
sure who to
box is not
day, so we may
take a few
days to get
back to you).
this year: click
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Does What at
the Co-op (and
where to get
info you need)
The co-op board consists of Paul (president), Soren (treasurer), Mat
(secretary), Diane (co-orderer), and Meg. Mat is secretary to the board, not
a general co-op secretary; as board secretary Mat also archives past co-op
data and e-mail files. Contact any board member with questions or
suggestions about running the co-op.
Cashier at Deliveries
Laurie is morning cashier. Cathy D. (April-September) and Laird
(October-March) split the job of afternoon cashier and closer. Contact a
cashier if due to an unforeseen problem you can't pick up your order.
Meg handles getting credits from UNFI for damaged/defective products and
also for such shipping errors as missing products or mispicks (wrong
Directory of Members
Laurie maintains and distributes the member directory. It is
confidential, for internal use by co-op members only. Get in touch with her
to change your contact information, or if you want a copy of the directory.
Dana is in charge of regular e-mail communication with members.
Diane and Katy do the ordering, and decide whether to order shared items
("splits") if they are not fully shared. They also set up accounts for
members on the UNFI web site, and assign usernames and passwords for it.
Contact either of them if you need your password.
There are two basic UNFI price lists: a monthly update of their full
inventory, and the monthly Specials. You can view or download
these yourself from your account on the UNFI web site. Download the
instruction sheet "How
to See Price Lists on the UNFI Web Site" here.
Pam is responsible for publicizing the co-op; she welcomes member
suggestions. She does not answer external inquiries; that is Kat's job.
Kat is the person to go to with questions about the co-op, whether you are a
current member or interested in joining the co-op. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Schedule of When Orders are Due & Deliveries
This schedule is posted on the Sharing List on Google Sheets (see
"Sharing" -- next item below). The schedule is in the rightmost tab at the
bottom of the page; you can print it for your convenience. Or you can go to
this year's order due and delivery schedule page here on the co-op's web
Sharing Requests (UNFI calls them "splits")
You now submit sharing requests yourself using the "Ripon Food
Mill Co-op Sharing List & Schedule" page on Google Sheets; the address
(URL) was e-mailed to all co-op members when the page went live in late May
2018. Using the 3 tabs at the bottom of that web site, you will find 3
pages: (left tab) a page that you can enter your own sharing requests on and
follow their status; (middle tab) a special page for M3 sharing requests
(see next topic below); and (right tab) for your convenience the co-op's
annual schedule of order due dates and deliveries.
Sharing an M3 Product
To share an M3 product, go to the special M3 page on Google Sheets
as described just above. Why do we have to do this? Read the explanation by
Splitting Bulk Products at the Delivery
Allison is in charge of dividing bulk products that are being shared. Kat is
the backup when Allison is away.
Truck Unloading at the Delivery
Paul unlocks the church back door, and helps unload the truck along with
Pam, Beth (who also handles the invoices), and Nancy.
UNFI requires one member of a buying club they service to be "Coordinator" –
an official contact person to handle changes/issues between UNFI and our
co-op. Paul (board president) currently fills that role.
Eric maintains this web site and its associated web pages. Soren and Travis
maintain the co-op's Google Sheets site for sharing.
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Co-op FAQ: frequently asked
questions about almost every aspect of how the co-op works. If you have a
question, there's a good chance it will be answered
Coming soon: a combination of 3 current pages into a simplified Price Lists,
Products, and Ordering page.
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Although the co-op's web site has been scaled back recently, a few of the
past web pages still contain useful information. These web pages are no
longer updated and maintained. The date of last revision is at the bottom of
Co-op Jobs. Describes all volunteer
jobs in the co-op.
Member Favorites. Products that
our members personally recommend; not updated for many years.
This web page was created by Eric
Godfrey, and was last updated 11 June 2018.