Our Co-op: Community Owned & Oregon Proud

First Alternative is cooperative grocery store with over 12,000 Owners. We stock high quality, natural, and organic products in our stores, with an emphasis on local growers and producers. Since opening in 1970, we have aspired to be a model for environmental sustainability through our purchasing and workplace practices. Everyone can shop at the Co-op and anyone can join!

First Alternative Co-op offers a wide range of fresh, local, and organic natural foods at affordable prices. Anyone can shop the Co-op and anyone can join! Check out our store departments.

The Co-op adheres to a carefully crafted set of guidelines in selecting products to sell in the store. These guidelines ensure that we carry only healthy, natural groceries and that our purchasing practices focus on fair trade, organic, sustainable and locally made products. Read our product selection guidelines.

First Alternative Co-op is dedicated to sustainability. We consistently prioritize energy and water conservation in our facilities and practices. We also seek to maintain our wide ranging selection of local and sustainable products.

Explore the Co-op’s sustainability practices

First Alternative offers thousands of locally sourced products. Buying local products reduces carbon emissions and keeps local economies strong. We use a simple and clear designation system to help you understand how far products have traveled.

Learn more about our local designation system.

We talk a lot about community here at the Co-op, but we also recognize that real change comes not through talk, but with education, inclusion, and outreach. Our actions matter.

Learn more about First Alternative’s efforts working toward a more just and inclusive community.

What did First Alternative Co-op do in 2021?
Check out our 2021 Annual Report.