Central City Co-Op finds new home in the Heights after 11 years in Montrose

The volunteers at Central City Co-Op help package and deliver farm-fresh goods every week. (Courtesy Central City Co-Op)
The volunteers at Central City Co-Op help package and deliver farm-fresh goods every week. (Courtesy Central City Co-Op)

The volunteers at Central City Co-Op help package and deliver farm-fresh goods every week. (Courtesy Central City Co-Op)

Houston's longest-running organic farmer's co-op, Central City Co-Op, has moved into its new location at 420 E. 20th St., Ste. A, and marked its last day June 11 at Montrose Kindred Church—formerly Grace Lutheran Church—after over 10 years.

"We started looking over a year ago, knowing that if the co-op was going to survive on its own, it needed its own location. ... Then, COVID happened, and the co-op just exploded, and it became essential," said Jessica Wilt Navas, who runs the co-op with her husband, Eric.


The new Heights location—formerly a Steel City Pops location—was already outfitted with cooler space and other fixtures, allowing for a quick move, she said.

"We're hoping this will be permanent. There’s a lot of moving parts affecting the market, but we’re thankful for the opportunity to be here," she said.

The co-op was formed by Houston chef Pat Greer and Gundermann Farms in 1998. The nonprofit is focused on supporting local farmers, ranchers and purveyors with annual membership dues of $120 and day passes for $7. Members can order farm shares as well as a selection of other items for pickup on Wednesdays at its new location. Eventually, pickup will be available seven days a week, Navas said. 832-690-1216. www.centralcityco-op.com
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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