1235 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee FL •  850.942.2557



Mission Statement

New Leaf Market Co-op (NLMC) is committed to building a vibrant and healthy local community by providing natural and organic foods and products. As a cooperative, we emphasize socially and environmentally responsible practices, and provide education and information about our products and the cooperative principles upon which we are based.

Vision Statement

New Leaf Market Co-op (NLMC) sees a world in which humans live in harmony with their environment and each other. We offer an alternative approach where people and the environment come first. We learn to cooperate with each other to build something greater than ourselves. Offering wholesome foods and educating the community about products we sell is our contribution to a healthier future generation.

Organizational History

Like many other cooperatives, New Leaf Market Co-op (NLMC) originally began as a buying club to provide its owners, college students and families, with affordable, healthy food. In 1974 the buying club legally became the Leon County Food Cooperative (LCFC). On May 1, 1974 the Co-op found its first permanent home at 702 S. Macomb with only 200 owners, $1000 in capital and $260 in inventory. Just a year and a half later in 1976 the LCFC moved to a warehouse at 649 W. Gaines Street, which offered approximately 4,500 sq. ft. of retail space in addition to housing the Canopy Road Credit Union. The LCFC was staffed by volunteers and led by a three-person management team and a small Board of Directors.

The LCFC spent 15 years on Gaines Street refining practices, hiring paid staff and expanding product lines with an emphasis on natural and organic food. In August of 1989, Co-op moved to its current location at 1235 Apalachee Parkway. At the same time, the Co-op changed its name from the Leon County Food Co-op to New Leaf Market Co-op to appeal to the broader Tallahassee community.

From 1974 through 2000 the co-op did business as a cooperative without legally being recognized as such. In January 2001 NLMC incorporated as a cooperative in the state of Minnesota. Since 2001, the NLMC has experienced abundant growth and went through two expansions, in 2002 and again in 2007.

Today, NLMC has continued to be a staple for local and organic products in the Tallahassee community. The co-op offers: local produce, grocery, refrigerated, bulk, beer and wine, fresh meat and seafood, health and body care and a deli.

Come see it for yourself and enjoy New Leaf Market Co-op!



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