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Co+op and Fresh Deals

New savings every week with Fresh Deals in the Produce, Meat & Seafood and Cheese Department. Save in every aisle with bi-weekly Co+op Deals.

Local

Meet your producers

The aisles of The Merc are filled with products from 187 local producers. Learn more about Mellowfields, an urban farm in Lawrence that is operated by Jessi Asmussen and Kevin Prather.

Community

Change for Our Community

In our first year of Change for Our Community you raised $35,000 for organizations needing support. We are excited to see what change we can round up in 2015!

Everyone is Welcome at The Merc Co-op

The Merc Co-op provides our community a place to shop, gather, eat and learn by offering real food and sustainable products at reasonable prices through cooperative ownership and responsible commerce.

Anyone can shop at The Merc and anyone can become a Merc Owner. Merc Ownerhip is an investment in a consumer-owned cooperative business that brings health to your local community. The Merc is currently owned by more than 6,800 of your friends and neighbors who have chosen to invest in a local business that is guided by policies that prioritize the well-being of its customers and community. Learn more about the benefits of Merc Ownership today!

News & Events

Here is what's happening

School Garden Workday

March 28, 2015 from 9 am to 3pm

It’s almost spring and the Growing Food Growing Health Garden at West Middle School is preparing to get back in action! Join us to help awaken the garden with mulching, planting, and digging, all while being inspired by the beautiful West Garden and our Student Gardeners!

How To Start An Organic Garden In The Spring ($12)

March 10, 7:00 - 9:00pm

In this class taught by Kevin Prather & Jessi Asmussen of Mellowfields Urban Farm, we will discuss prepping your soil to encourage good soil tilth and fertility throughout the season; making a garden plan based on soil type, time constraints and water needs; and also how to choose the appropriate varieties for our hardiness zone and your garden in particular. Some specific questions we will delve into are organic fertilizers versus compost; tilling versus no-till versus hand digging, overhead sprinklers versus drip irrigation; and transplants versus direct seeding.

Meet Our Family-Owned Sustainable Seafood Supplier: Troller Point Fisheries

The Merc Co-op is dedicated to carrying local products whenever possible. However, our location in the landlocked state of Kansas does prevent us from carrying locally sourced seafood. The good news is that The Merc Meat & Seafood Department doesn’t let a little distance keep them from developing strong working relationships with small, sustainably run seafood suppliers. Troller Point Fisheries which supplies The Merc with wild Alaskan seafood is a perfect example.

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