Renton Buying Club!

buying club

The Renton Food Co-Op has opted to engage in a local Buying Club as an interim step towards realizing our own dream of opening a storefront. We did this in the hopes that we would be able to reach out to more people who may be interested in helping open a food co-op and so far that is what has happened.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Buying Clubs here is a definition borrowed from the Internet:

Buying Clubs are comprised of individuals and families ordering collectively to achieve a bulk purchasing advantage. Aside from the time and devotion involved in the buying club process, there are many benefits to this arrangement not the least of which is access to high quality, wholesome foods at affordable prices.  Beyond the monetary advantage, there is often a sense of community that belonging to an organization of like-minded people generates.  Many buying clubs are comprised of neighbors, mother’s groups, co-workers, young couples, church members, or family members.

If that sounds interesting to you then I wanted to let you know about some of the options that exist in the Renton area already. There are three stops in Renton currently. Two stops are active and are both located in the Renton Highlands neighborhood. The third stop is closer to the Cascade neighborhood, but they have a history of ordering less frequently than normal. The drops typically happen once a month on a Thursday ranging from 7-8:30 am in the morning. This means that you have to be available on that day and  time to meet the truck to pick up your order, or you can talk with the drop site coordinator to make other arrangements for a later pick-up.

The first drop is located at St. Matthew’s Church at 1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton 98056 around 7 a.m. The drop site coordinator is Leya Stefanski and her e-mail is You can contact her or for more information on this drop. The next drop occurs around 8:30 am and is located in the East Renton Highlands neighborhood. The next drop is Thursday June 12th, and the order cut-off time and date is June 9th by 4:00 pm. The drop site coordinator is Katherine Rausch and her e-mail is You contact her for more information about this drop.

Both of these drop sites are for Azure Standard which is a company out of Oregon. If you would like to look at their catalog on line and see what they have to offer you can visit If you wanted to find out more about the drop in the Cascade neighborhood you would have to call Azure Standard at 971-200-8350. They are very friendly and helpful.

Also, we have been coordinating with Blue Valley Meats located in Walla Walla, WA for a meat drop off. These drops happen every 3 to 4 weeks. The first one was right in front of the Sustainable Renton Office located in the Renton Highlands on Saturday, May 31st. If you would like to check out their product you can visit and make an order for our pick-up site. This company also offers Raw and grass fed Dairy products for delivery. The cut off for ordering is 4-5 days in advance of delivery depending on if it is dairy or meat.

I hope this is all making sense, if for any reason you have any questions please contact for more information.

Thanks, and happy buying!

Sustainable Renton June Happenings


Greetings Sustainable Renton followers!

We have some great things happening this month- We have the first of three Stone Soup Gatherings up at the farm this month, which we hope to see all of you at. This will be just like it sounds, if you have something to bring to the pot-do it and we will feast on the deliciousness that our community soup will offer up. I would also like to make a quick plug for the Sustainable Renton Study Group which is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am-12 pm. The Roots of Change curriculum is comprehensive and enlightening, the conversations and ideas that spring from the readings are life changing, and ultimately, we hope they are cathartic for our community. Come join us, it’s never too late.

June 2nd-4:00 pm; Azure Standard order deadline for the Kennydale Buying Club.

June 5th-7:00 am; Buying Club order pick-up from Azure Standard at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton 98056

June 11th-6:00 pm; Renton Food Co-Op Meeting. We meet at 5:30 for a potluck followed by the meeting. We are trudging the grassroots road of starting a food co-op in Renton. If you want to be a part of making history please join us. There is plenty for everyone to do.

June 14th-10am to 12pm; Sustainable Renton Study Group This month we are talking about the Paradoxes of Progress and Growth. If you want to join this group please email our Board President, Preston at and you will be added.   For more information please see the Facebook event page:

June 14th-1 pm; Gardeners Meeting/potluck and Work Party. If you haven’t been to the garden yet this year you will be amazed at the progress being made up there. We have a lot to do so come and get your hands dirty, eat some food and be merry.

June 19th-1 pm; Meaningful Movies of Renton presents What’s the Economy for Anyway? This movie will discuss the history of the economy and how our economic situation got to where it is now. This movie is shown at The Renton Housing Authority and is FREE and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments provided.  Here’s a clip from the film:

June 19th-6pm; Sustainable Renton Board Meeting. Everyone welcome.

June 22nd-6pm; Stone Soup Gathering/Sing Along. Bring your addition to the soup and join in the feast. We will have two dutch ovens-one vegetarian, one-not, we will also have music around the campfire with general merriment to be had by all. Bring your own bowl and spoon. Come join us for the amazing things that community can create. This event is held at Sustainable Renton Community Farm.

June 23rd-Midnight Blue Valley Meat order deadline.

June 27th-7 pm; Meaningful Movies of Renton presents More Than Honey. Bees are dying out at an unprecedented rate, and this loss threatens our food supply.  We are showing this movie in conjunction with many other area venues to celebrate National Pollinator Week. Local beekeepers Mario Luppino and Aaron Crow will be available for questions and discussion after the showing. The movie is FREE and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments provided. Here’s the trailer for the film:

June 28th-1:30pm; Blue Valley Meat delivery

July 8th-3 to 7 pm; Sustainable Renton at The Renton Farmer’s Market


Sustainable Renton Office is located at 970 Harrington Ave NE Renton 98056

Sustainable Renton Community Farm is located behind Celebration Church at 11840 148th Ave SE Renton 98059

Renton Housing Authority is located at 2900 NE 10th St Renton 98056


For more information on any of these events please contact


Hope to see you all sometime this month!