History

Our roots go deep.

The Cook County Co-op found its origins at a farmhouse called Castle Yonder, located in the Good Harbor Hill neighborhood just west of Grand Marais. Back then, a few families and neighbors would venture out to the Big City Beyond the Woods (Minneapolis) to buy bulk bags of beans, rice and tubs of peanut butter. Castle Yonder is where it all started in the 1960s, and by 1976 we were an incorporated co-op with a storefront on the east end of town. It’s now been 40 years, and counting!
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