Departments

The Merc Co+op is much more than a grocery store. Sure, you can pick up all the groceries you need for the week. We can be your bakery, butcher, deli and supermarket. But shopping at The Merc Co+op gives you so much more.

Staff at the co-op know good food like no one else. We know the local farmers and ranchers (and shoppers!) on a first name basis. We make sure the foods you find on the shelves at The Merc Co+op meet high standards and also allow you to stick to your budget. Every week there are new great deals on organic produce, local foods, and your familiar favorites. So you can have that organic milk with our freshly baked cake, and eat it, too.

Everyone is welcome to shop at The Merc Co+op and we’d love to show you around. Read more below about our different department.


Linda Cowden, Produce Manager Produce@TheMerc.Coop

Linda Cowden, Produce Manager
Produce@TheMerc.Coop

Produce

Fresh produce is the first thing you’ll see at The Merc Co+op. Our coolers and shelves are overflowing with organic vegetables and fruits, locally grown varieties, and high quality seasonal produce. As you shop, you can learn about the farmers who grew your organic carrots and kale, taste the newest crop of berries and get inspired to cook with seasonal ingredients.

Our produce department is USDA Certified Organic and, dictated by season, carries 60-80% certified organic produce. We purchase produce from over 30 local farms, both certified organic and conventional, many of which practice organic farming methods even though non-certified. In order to maintain a wide selection of high quality, competitively priced produce, we also offer a limited amount of national conventional produce. All produce is quality-checked by our trained staff prior to stocking it on our shelves.


Depal Patel, Meat & Seafood Coordinator MeatSea@TheMerc.Coop

Depal Patel, Meat & Seafood Coordinator
MeatSea@TheMerc.Coop

Meat & Seafood

At The Merc Co+op, you’ll never have to wonder about the quality of your meat and seafood. Our butchers believe great quality meats start with sustainable farms and compassionate and humane treatment of animals. All of the meats in our market are free of antibiotics and added hormones. You’ll find locally raised Kansas beef and pork, free range chicken, and wild-caught sustainable seafood like sockeye salmon and sushi grade ahi tuna. If you don’t see what you want, just ask. We make signature items like our Merc Made sausage right here in our butcher shop and will do custom cuts and special orders anytime.


Martin Maigaard, Food Services Manager FoodServices@TheMerc.Coop

Martin Maigaard, Food Services Manager
FoodServices@TheMerc.Coop

Deli & Cafe

With over 70 unique items available every day, our deli is a great place to figure out “what’s for dinner?” All items in our deli are made from scratch in the kitchen at 901 Iowa, using the same local ingredients and organic produce in our grocery store. Each morning, you can find a hot breakfast, fresh baked pastries and Merc Made coffees and juices. Each day, you can explore our soup, salad and hot bar, mix and match to make it your own. Or, customize a sandwich at our made-to-order sandwich counter. Open until 8:30 p.m. each evening, we're also a great source for dinner. From whole roasted chickens to take-and-bake pastas to prepared sides, we have something for every appetite every night of the week!


Alison Berger, Bakery Coordinator Bakery@TheMerc.Coop

Alison Berger, Bakery Coordinator
Bakery@TheMerc.Coop

Bakery

Take your freshly baked muffin and fair trade coffee to go, or enjoy it in our sunny, on-site café. Our bakery uses Kansas flour to bake dozens of treats each day. Whether you’re looking for a decadent slice of cheesecake, a vegan peanut butter cookie or a dozen scones to serve your guests, our bakery has what you need. Using no artificial colors or flavors, you can be guaranteed that your selection is the natural choice. Our menu changes with the season, but you'll always find delicious desserts including wheat-free ones.


Sean Hill, Deli Purchasing Coordinator DeliAdmin@TheMerc.Coop

Sean Hill, Deli Purchasing Coordinator
DeliAdmin@TheMerc.Coop

Cheese

From locally made artisan cheeses to your everyday cheddar, The Merc Co+op has the cheese you're craving. With over 100 varieties made with milk from cows that have not been treated with synthetic hormones, you might need some help choosing which ones to try. Just ask! Our cheese experts are waiting to get you a sample, suggest a wine pairing or whip up a cheese tray for your next gathering.


Chris Babcock, Center Store Manager CenterStore@TheMerc.Coop

Chris Babcock, Center Store Manager
CenterStore@TheMerc.Coop

Center Store

grocery

Local, organic and non-GMO products are a priority throughout our store. From specialty items to everyday staples such as local butter, milk and cage-free eggs, our grocery aisles offer a variety of products that allow shoppers to make us their primary, one-stop shop.

We work with a variety of vendors to focus on bringing you:

  • Hundreds of local products
  • Local, pasture raised eggs in addition to affordable free range and cage free eggs
  • Farm fresh milk from cows not treated with growth hormones
  • Packaged foods with antibiotic free and hormone free meat
  • Eco-conscious, affordable organic and conventional bulk foods
  • A wide variety of choices for all dietary needs and lifestyle choices, including gluten free, low sodium, low carb, Paleo, vegetarian and vegan

Wellness

Wellness is all about being healthy inside and out. And what you put on the body, goes in the body. This is why our wellness aisle within Center Store features products as pure as the food we sell. Whether you’re looking for supplements, vitamins, minerals and herbs, or all-natural toothpastes, sunscreens, soaps and beauty products, you can rest assured that if you find it here, it’s safe and effective.

To help ensure safety, we carry nationally renowned third party-tested supplements. To help ensure effectiveness, we remain committed to employee development and product training. And, like the rest of the co-op, we are committed to offering a wide selection of affordable options, and supporting local producers and natural products.


Jen Metsker, General Merchandise Buyer GeneralMerchandise@TheMerc.Coop

Jen Metsker, General Merchandise Buyer
GeneralMerchandise@TheMerc.Coop

Housewares and Gifts

In addition to groceries, The Merc Co+op stocks an array of beautiful, practical and ethical gifts, wearables, books and housewares. Whether you’re looking for locally grown flowers or green toys for your kids, we have what you need when it comes to making conscientious selections. Plus, our wide selection of handmade, fair trade and locally crafted cards, jewelry, candles and clothing makes us the destination for unique gifts.

 


JP Hinds, Front End Coordinator FrontEnd@TheMerc.Coop

JP Hinds, Front End Coordinator
FrontEnd@TheMerc.Coop

Customer Service

We are here to help you out, from the moment you enter the store all the way to carrying your groceries to the car. As an added convenience, our customer service desk provides stamps, bus passes and K-Tags.

Our cashiers are also conscientious. We use only BPA and BPS free receipts, made of Vitamin C composite. We use soy ink, and our bags are:

  • 100% recyclable and compostable
  • Made from 100% PC Recycled Content 
  • SFI® certified
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified™options