We are Ireland's leading location to buy organic, local, Fairtrade and sustainable products. But that's not all! Our co-operative principles and member ownership mean that we're much more than a farmers' market - we're a true food democracy in the heart of the city.
The Co-op's roots lie with a group of friends involved in a campaign to stop the Government building a Nuclear Power Station at Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford. Together, in 1983, they formed a buying group to save money by bulk purchasing vegetarian wholefoods and other sustainable living products. Within a short time, this embryonic co-operative had moved toward trading weekly from a hired hall at St. Andrew's Resource Centre on Pearse Street, which became our home for more than two decades. Dublin Food Co-operative Society was formally registered in 1991 and was a pioneer of organic and local food long before the rise of farmers' markets in Ireland. As the Pearse Street venue did not allow for either expansion or permanence, in later years the Co-op began what became a long search for a new home. We finally moved in July 2007 and a new chapter began. The Co-op Today Since establishing our own premises, we now open twice weekly and organise or host a growing number of events. In short, Dublin Food Co-op is a vibrant community that goes far beyond food. True to the co-operative tradition, we offer an alternative to the profit-oriented business model - surplus funds are used wholly to benefit members by reducing prices and improving services and facilities.