BriarPatch completes construction of solar parking lot, keeps it local

The largest carport solar power system in Nevada County has been completed at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. This summer the cooperatively-owned grocery store built an innovative 680-panel, 295 kW photovoltaic solar array that spans the length of an expanded parking lot. The system is expected to generate […]

BriarPatch turns 40: “We own it, let’s grow it”

NATURAL FOOD COOPERATIVES are booming across America. The 150 food co-ops of the National Co-op Grocers operate more than 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Food co-ops have led to a boom in organic foods, now the fastest growing sector of the grocery business. One of the food co-op […]

BriarPatch begins construction of solar parking lot

This summer, a parking lot solar power system will be installed at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. The cooperatively-owned grocery store has plans for an innovative 680-panel, 469,000-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array to run along the center of an expanded parking lot. It will be the largest such solar […]

BriarPatch celebrates its 40th anniversary with food, wine and art

THE YEAR 2016 MARKS BRIARPATCH CO-OP’S 40th anniversary, leading to a year-long celebration. It will include special sales, a $40,000 community food giveaway, souvenirs, an art show and anniversary party for owners. Since it opened in 1976, BriarPatch has grown to more than 12,000 owners, and it employs more than 200 local residents, making it […]

BriarPatch wraps up “most successful year yet”; expansion in works

Editor’s note: The December-January issue of the BriarPatch Co-op newsletter contains some updates on its expansion plans, reported in our current issue. Also don’t miss our ad in the “Patch’s” current newsletter on page 6. “This year has been our most successful yet,” General Manager Chris Maher wrote in the newsletter. “We estimate that over […]

BriarPatch sponsors local farmers at EcoFarm conference

I received this from the BriarPatch: It’s the slow season for farming in Nevada County, and young farmers Andrew Meyers and Maisie Ganz are putting their off-season time to good use. Thanks to scholarships from BriarPatch Co-op, both recently attended the EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove. Ganz, 27, came home from the conference full of […]