GLOVERSVILLE - Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market started a membership drive in September, seeking to reach the 500-member mark by the end of the year.
The cooperative already has 450 members, which includes 30 who have joined since the drive began a little over a month ago, said Membership Committee Coach Ron Briggs.
Mohawk Harvest was established about three years ago and quickly outgrew its original retail location. Now at 30 N. Main St., it offers a full array of grocery items, specialty items, a lunch deli, fresh fish, local produce, dairy and meat.
Customer Andy Castiglione, left, is waited on at the register by Assistant Manager Sam McClary on Friday at Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Membership in the co-op is lifelong and requires a one-time fee of $150. One of the benefits of being a member is a monthly 10 percent discount on a specific type of products.
"Your investment in the co-op is giving back to you each time you shop there as a member," said Briggs. "The membership will also get our name out there and allow people to join us as a community to build a better downtown Gloversville."
He said the money raised through membership will go toward building the co-op's operation, including purchases of new coolers. The co-op's next need will be a walk-in freezer, Briggs said.
Those who become members between now and the end of the year will be entered into a raffle; the winner will receive the value of his or her membership in merchandise at the store.
"We are trying to help people take that last step into joining," said Briggs. "We have a lot of people in this community that don't even know the co-op exist yet."
Non-members are welcome to shop at the co-op as well.
For more information about Mohawk Harvest, see its website, www.mohawkharvest.org.