Without grocery stores, urbanites would have to grow their own pumpkins in window boxes and spend hours negotiating with the family parakeet until it agreed to be milked. Let rural bounty come to you with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of organic groceries at Syracuse Real Food Co-Op.
Owned by its members but open to all, Syracuse Real Food Co-Op stocks its shelves with organic, natural, and whole foods from largely local sources. Products rotate seasonally, but the selection usually focuses on preservative-free, healthful fare. At breakfast, sizzling strips of Applegate Farms bacon ($3.29 for 8 ounces) provide energy for the day ahead by making a fresh pot of coffee. Bulk organic couscous fills plates and bellies during meal times ($2.79), and terra chips ($2.49) sate snack cravings in-between. While following the store’s seven transparent core principles, staffers gladly prevent overwhelmed shopping by guiding browsers through their wares and answering such questions as whether or not the Greek Yogurt ($3.29 for 24 ounces) and English muffins (two for $5) have valid passports.