UPDATE 10/4/18: Sadly the only member-owned food co-op in Boston, Harvest Food Co-op, will be closing within the next 1-2 weeks because of the spread of natural/organic chain stores over the last several years. Please see their letter on their website.
The Harvest Co-op in Jamaica Plain is a little more spacious than the Central Square location, so they have a few more products to offer. Their bulk foods section has an impressive number of of items.
They have a beautiful produce section with mostly unpackaged fruits and vegetables including loose mushrooms, carrots and celery. There is also a small salad bar that has a few different types of olives.
I found this water refill station tucked in the back of the produce section near the deli. I am a big supporter of tap water, but if people prefer bottled water then this option is a step in the right direction!
There is a station set up with olive oil, honey and maple syrup on tap near the almond butter and peanut butter machines.
The Jamaica Plain store has a beautiful spice station with spoons available to aid in spice transfer. I didn’t see a funnel nearby like at the Cambridge location, but the spoons are much better than nothing at all. I found some bulk vegetarian bac’n bits, which I’ve never seen before, let alone seen in bulk.
Further along down the spice aisle are two racks filled with herbs and different teas. It looks like the two Harvest locations have similarly sized spice/herb/tea sections which is great!
Next is the beautiful bulk food section! It looks like both locations have a similar number of products and carry roughly the same items including beans, dried fruit, grains/rice, granola, nuts/seeds, pasta and snacks. Interesting items that I saw include dry milk powder and fig bar cookies.
In the cleaning section I found several different types of castile soap. I was expecting to only find plain and maybe one other, so I was surprised by the large selection.
Harvest carries package-free soap, menstrual cups and organic cotton pads/tampons in the personal hygiene section.
At the front of the store are the coffee beans (regular and decaf) and a grinder. The only Zero Waste Gear in the store are some canning jars next to the coffee beans.
There is a kombucha tap near the produce section with a few different flavors available.
I didn’t see any digital scales at the Jamaica Plain location, so it would be best to bring in pre-tared jars if you’re able. The cashiers could probably tare containers or container weights could be estimated using the hanging scale in the bulk aisle.
On my way out I found a donation shelf that’s set up near the exit. It’s nice to see local businesses giving back to the community.
Check out my article about Harvest Co-op Markets in their August 2017 Newsletter!
PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT THE jamaica plain LOCATION:
- Bar soap
- Cleaning Products
- Coffee beans
- Coffee/tea accessories
- Dried Fruit
- Hygiene items
- Salad Bar
- Loose tea
- Zero Waste Gear
This page was updated on 8/16/17.