Who We Are
Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store located in the heart of Rapid City, South Dakota. Focusing on a “Food First” motto, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality food at a fair price.
Breadroot is dedicated to supporting our local farmers and ranchers and connecting our community with their food sources! At the heart of our co-op is community; we currently have over 1,500 member-owners and we believe we’re stronger together. As you may know, many of our products come from local ranchers, farmers and producers. On any given day you may see Trish from Happy Meat Farms dropping off beef, or Todd from Gregson’s Gardens dropping off his latest batch of greens. We hope you find it as fulfilling as we do to meet the people who raise the food our families eat.
We specialize in organic and Non-GMO food, as well as local and organic produce, grass-fed meats, bulk spices and herbs, wellness, and supplement products. The co-op strives to carry the newest organic food products. If you are looking for paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, ethnic, or specialty food products we are your Rapid City source!
Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to promote community involvement in the production, procurement, and distribution of natural and organic foods and other goods and services for healthy living. We envision a community strengthened by cooperative economics and driven by concern for the health and well- being of the planet and its inhabitants.
What is a breadroot?
Breadroot Cooperative is named after a native bean (timpsula) whose esculent roots are gathered in June from area prairies. The breadroot is a natural example of the endurance and sustainability we strive to achieve.
What is a cooperative?
Through cooperative effort, a group of people can do what each person alone might never be able to do. A co-op puts business ownership in the hands of people who otherwise would not have the means. Our motto, “Member owned, open to all,” reflects the fact that Breadroot Cooperative is democratically controlled by the members, and you don’t have to be a member to shop with us!
What does membership involve? How much does it cost?
Membership gives you ownership in the co-op, and a say in how we operate. A membership has one vote in co-op elections, and the right to serve on the Board of Directors. There are three types of membership: Regular for individuals, Regular/Joint for two people sharing a household, and Associate for other businesses and groups. (For details, see the bylaws.) We proudly serve local businesses in the Black Hills.
Membership with us is cheap and rewarding! Membership is $20/year (2 shares at $10/share), and once you’ve paid $400 there is no requirement to pay any more as a full membership with us is $400 (40 shares). The 40 shares may be purchased all at once or at the rate of two shares once a year.
Additional Member Benefits
We offer monthly sales to our member-owners and all member-owners have access to online special ordering. Online ordering allows members to purchase items in large quantities at a discounted price. We hold quarterly Member-Owner Appreciation Days where all member-owners receive 10% off their purchase, enjoy samples from all departments, gift basket and gift card raffles and the opportunity to connect with a few of our local farmers and ranchers! Dividends are another good reason to join; we pay out dividends to our member-owners, based on the amount of patronage done with the co-op.
What does my membership support?
Local farmers and ranchers, organic and sustainable agriculture, local employment and community connections!