Willmar Local Foods Cooperative Grocery Store
The Willmar community conducted a feasibility study on expanding the Becker Farmers Market into a year-round market in 2009. The feasibility study lead to forming a board of directors to develop a local foods cooperative grocery store in downtown Willmar. The West Central Partnership is assisting the formation of the store through research assistance and connections to U of M resources, education and Pride of the Prairie Network of producers.
- UM Partners: Ryan Pesch, UM Extension and connections to Applied Economics and other resources, UMM Center for Small Towns and student intern
- Community Partners: Willmar Design Center, Coop board of directors, Pride of the Prairie Network
- Board Investment: $7,500
- Matching Funds: Support of EDA funds and resources, inkind time, grants and investments to build/remodel store facility.