From a Red Pepper to a Community’s Mission

The story of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op is taking a fresh turn, and it all begins with a community coming together. In 2011, a group of friends, inspired by a singular red pepper (or lack thereof, since it was the only ingredient missing from Jaime Karpovich’s kitchen to make a recipe), embarked on a journey to create the Bethlehem Food Co-Op.

Today, our co-op thrives with over 1,500 members united by a mission to nourish our community in every sense—promoting physical, social, and economic well-being. We achieve this through education, increasing access to high-quality food, collaborating with local organizations, supporting ethical producers, and advocating for a sustainable future.

A New Chapter in Our Community’s Journey

Accessibility, inclusion, and equity are at the very core of our mission. These values have guided us from the beginning and continue to shape our future. As we evolve, our commitment to these principles remains steadfast, even as we embark on this exciting new chapter.

Introducing Our New Brand: Bethlehem Co-op Market

The culmination of these combined efforts is here! In 2024, we will open the doors to Bethlehem Co-op Market—Lehigh Valley’s only member-owned, full-service grocery store. This new name reflects our growth and our broader vision while staying true to the community-driven spirit that started it all.

New Name, Same Commitment

New brand, same co-op you know and love. The Bethlehem Food Co-Op name has served us incredibly well, representing the dreams, ideas, and grassroots efforts that fueled our vision for a better community. We owe a special thanks to Aurora Displays for creating a beautiful visual brand to complement our name change and brand refresh.

A Market for All, Rooted in Community

Imagine a place where every purchase supports your neighbors and the environment. This is the vision of Bethlehem Co-op Market. Our commitment to community remains unchanged. We will always welcome all shoppers, regardless of membership status.

Join The Movement

We’re more than just a grocery store. At Bethlehem Co-op Market, you will find fresh, locally sourced products, connect with friends and neighbors, and be a part of a movement that’s making a real difference in the community.

As we transition to Bethlehem Co-op Market, we promise to stay authentic, transparent, and true to the vision that all began with a single red pepper.

Join us in this exciting new chapter! Stay tuned for updates on our grand opening and all the ways you can get involved with Bethlehem Co-op Market. We encourage you to share your ideas and help shape our future!

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