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2017-04-21 / Features

Natural Harvest Food Co-op is moving to new, eco-friendly building


The new, eco-friendly Natural Harvest Food Co-op building. Photo by Cindy Kujala. The new, eco-friendly Natural Harvest Food Co-op building. Photo by Cindy Kujala. VIRGINIA – Natural Harvest Food Coop, the Iron Range’s largest food cooperative, will open the doors of their brand new eco-friendly store on Wednesday, April 26. The new store, located at 732 N. 4th St. in Virginia, is just blocks away from their current store. The old building is for sale.

A storewide moving sale will be held on Saturday, April 22. Natural Harvest will be closed Sunday, April 23 – Tuesday, April 25, for moving. They will open for business at the new location on Wednesday,

April 26, with new hours: Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The new store will double their retail space and allow for a wider product selection in their grocery, produce and wellness departments. It will offer the area's largest bulk foods department with a selection of more than 400 food items and spices. There will also be an expanded deli offering an organic coffee bar, daily hot bar, organic salad bar, made to order sandwiches and a grab-n-go lunch cooler. It offers indoor seating and an outdoor patio that overlooks Silver Lake and the Mesabi Trail.

Construction of the new co-op building was focused around sustainability, utilizing as many green practices and products as possible. The siding is made from reclaimed wood that had to be cut down due to the emerald ash borer and was treated with heat instead of chemicals to preserve its integrity.

Heat will be reclaimed from the refrigeration systems and used for hot water. All lighting is LED, and the floors are made of polished concrete, eliminating the need for chemical waxes. For better indoor air quality, only low VOC materials were used. It is also solar panel-ready for a future investment in renewal energy.

The new co-op includes a classroom that overlooks Silver Lake. The classroom will be used to offer educational classes to its members and the public. It is fully equipped with audio-visual tools and an area for cooking demonstrations. The room will also be available for community use free of charge.

About Natural Harvest

Natural Harvest Food Co-op is a member owned community market that has been providing a full line of natural and organically grown foods and products to its owners and the public since 1979. Natural Harvest works diligently to stock only the highest quality products based on freshness, flavor, nutritional values, and respect for animal welfare and the environment. Membership is not required to shop at Natural Harvest. Everyone can shop and anyone can join.

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