Board of Directors Elections have begun!

In the past weeks we’ve sent requests for applicants for our Board of Directors. We are thankful to have such an involved and willing group of people to work with, and now the time to vote has come! Owners of JLF are able to vote for their preferred candidates during Board of Directors Elections. The Board of Directors represents our owners and guides us into the future, so be sure to make your voice heard. Please read through all of the candidate statements. This will help you get to you know the candidates and make a more informed decision. You can vote by clicking the link below. If you prefer to vote in-store, ballots will be made available. One vote per owner number, please.
Your final chance to vote will be at our Annual Meeting, May 14th held at the Brewing Projekt at 5:30pm. You will hear each candidate speak briefly about their experience and candidate statements. Elections close at the end of the Annual Meeting, and results will be made available shortly after.

Click here to view Candidate Statements.

Click here to cast your vote.

Just Local Food Announces New General Manager

Eau Claire, WI— February 25, 2019 —  Just Local Food announces that as of February 18, Scott Zellmer is the new General Manager of Just Local Food Coop located at 1117 South Farwell Street.   

“The Board is extremely pleased to find such a qualified person,” said Rachel Hart-Brinson, President of the Just Local Food Board of Directors.

GM Background

Scott Zellmer brings over 20 years of retail food experience to Just Local Food. He previously served as buyer and GM for The Coffee Grounds and Hahn’s Market, both located in Eau Claire, WI.  Most recently he was the Sales Manager for Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, WI.

Just Local Food’s History

Started in 2004 as a milk delivery worker-owned cooperative, Just Local Food is Eau Claire’s only customer-owned grocery cooperative specializing in justly and locally produced quality food.  It currently has over 1100 owner- members.

Expansion Update January 2019

Dear Just Local Food owners:

The Board of Just Local Food wants to give all of our owners an update on the expansion project. Obviously, we have not opened a new store on Water Street by fall of 2018. However, we have been working hard since our last update in October and want to share our progress.
We have spent over eight hours in planning sessions over the last month and a half. We have emerged from that work with clarity on several points. We remain committed to an expansion project and have been working hard toward that end. Our new market study, completed at the end of October, presented us with some new options and ideas so we need to do some more work to get the plan right.
One of the things we need to do is hire a General Manager. We continue to work toward finding the right candidate to lead our co-op. With a new General Manager in place, we will be in a position to reimagine and redesign an expansion project. While this process unfolds, 100% of the funds that you have invested in the expansion are being held in trust. In the unlikely event that the expansion does not happen, these funds will be returned to all of you who have invested.
To help develop a clear and compelling business plan, we will be asking you, our owners, to answer customer surveys and/or be part of focus groups so we can understand what our customers want and need. Please keep an eye out for communications regarding these opportunities to share your valuable input.
And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know by contacting us at

Best regards,

Rachel Hart-Brinson

President, Just Local Food Board of Directors

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Two years running, Just Local Food Co-op has sold more delicious free-range turkeys than any other small-sized co-op in the United States (and thereby the world…), and we’d like to shatter our previous records.
If you’d like to reserve a bird, we still have ’em!  Stop in or call the store: 715.552.3366.

The nuts and bolts: Free-range, pharmaceutical-free turkeys from Kadejan Market in Glenwood, Minnesota. $2.39/pound–the best price in town (again)! Kadejan (pronounced “Katie-Jan” after the farmer’s two daughters) turkeys will arrive “USDA fresh” (partly frozen so as to prohibit bacterial growth) and be available for pick-up all day Tuesday (7:30 AM – 9 PM) and all day Wednesday (7:30 AM – 9 PM).

Just want a little bit of turkey at Thanksgiving–not a whole bird? We have boneless turkey breast, bone-in turkey thighs, turkey shanks, and ground turkey, too.

We’re loaded to the gills with smoked ham, lots of lamb, whole chickens, skinless rabbits, beefy roasts, wild fishes, salami, sausage, jowel bacon, etc. et al.

Questions? Stop in, call the store, or e-mail Nik:​