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The LCCC provides avenues for its members to purchase locally and regionally grown and produced food through the following avenues:

  • FOODS (Facilitated Online Ordering and Distribution System) - Members can order directly from local growers and producers through this online ordering system on a weekly basis*. They can also purchase a CSA Box on a weekly or multiple-week basis.

    • Individual Orders - Members can pick and choose from a deletable variety of locally grown certified organic or "organic in practice"** produce and processed food items. Items are packaged by the producer and delivered to the desired drop point.

    • CSA Box - Community Supported Agriculture*** box that consists of locally and regionally grown produce and is sometimes supplemented from an organic distributor (Veritable Vegetable). While all local producers may not be certified organic, they are "organic in practice" and are screened for their practices by our Producer Coordinator.

  • Orders are placed on an "order cycle" basis. The order cycle opens on Sundays at 12:30pm and closes on Tuesdays at 12:30pm. Order pick up is Thursdays from 5-7pm or as otherwise stated by the individual drop points. There is a minimum order of $5 per member.  Members that use drop points other than Clearlake must pay either by PayPal at the time of order placement, or mail a check or money order in advance to the Co-op (P.O. Box 6306, Clearlake, CA 95422) prior to ordering that is then posted to their account. Members picking up at the Clearlake Drop Point may pay by check, money order or cash on pick up day.

  • Drygoods - We are a drop point for Azure Standards, a natural and organic food distributor based in Oregon. For a nominal processing fee, members can order through Azure Standard and pick up their order on a once a month basis.

*Acting as the agent of producer members, the Lake County Community Co-op posts and publicizes the products the producers have for sale, receive orders, provides a way for products to be delivered to other members of the co-op, collects from the customers and forwards the payments to the producers. Acting as the agent for customer members, we provide them a catalog of available local food products that includes information about how and where the product was grown or processed. We receive their orders and notify the appropriate producers, arrange for the food to be delivered, receive and process their payments. For both producer and customer members, we provide a basic screening of products and producers based on our published parameters, and education and training regarding the use and the advantages of local foods.

For some of our producer members, we are agents that facilitate farm gate sales of their products. For other producer members, we facilitate off-farm sales or sales of processed products.

The essential business of the co-op is to provide a marketplace where willing buyers and sellers can meet. At no time does the co-op ever have title to any of the products. We have no inventory. The products that go through our distribution system are owned either by the producer, or by the customer who purchases "title" to the product from the producer. All complaints should first be brought to the attention of the producer, unless it is a situation where the co-op itself is at fault (such as broken eggs due to poor packing). If a successful resolution can not be found by the affected producer and customer members, the co-op’s arbitration procedure can be invoked.

** "Organic in practice" Unless certified by a certifying agency, producers may not legally use the term "organic". We have coined "organic in practice" for those producers that are not certified, but adhere to organic practices, or are otherwise certified.

**CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In it's pure form, the customer gives an investment amount of money either at the beginning of the growing season, or on a monthly or quarterly basis, to a farmer who then provides weekly boxes of produce throughout the season to the customer. For the LCCC, we've combined the best of this with sourcing from multiple local farmers, a regional farm (Riverdog Farm in Capay Valley) and supplement our boxes with an organic distributor (Veritable Vegetable).


Quality ~ Our member volunteers and farmers do their best to bring you the freshest, tastiest organic produce and value for your money. For reasons sometimes beyond our control, there are times when variations in the box content occur. On those times that any value has been omitted, rest assured that will be made up in the weeks following. As for quality, while we try to adhere to strict standards on your behalf, we recognize and value the variations that occur in nature and do not expect, nor want, plasticized-perfection. At the same time, we will do our best to not include inferior product in the boxes. We love to hear your constructive feedback as we all help to co-create our co-op.

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