To provide the community convenient access to nutrient dense, organically grown foods and healthy products that contain No Antibiotics, No Hormones, No Synthetic Fertilizers or Chemicals, No Additives, such as MSG or Nitrates, No GMO Soy and No GMOs.
What We Provide
Nutrient Dense, Organically Grown Food
Quick and Easy Online Ordering
Supporting Local, Family Farms and Businesses
No Antibiotics or Hormones
No Synthetic Fertilizers or Pesticides
No Additives, such as MSG or Nitrates
One Stop Shop
Flexible Pick Up
We strive buy local but items such sustainably caught seafood, tropical oils and other items we can’t get locally we will do a bulk order to get the best price.
To start ordering our fresh local food simply click on the “Sign In” tab and create an account. You will then start receiving our emails notifying you when ordering is enabled with a list of available products.
To Set Up Produce Box Account
All Market items are purchased on this site except Organic Produce Boxes. Nature’s Garden Express http://www.naturesgardenexpress.com/ is an organic produce delivery company that you can sign up with to receive perfect produce. Unlike a CSA box you can see your list beforehand and make changes and exchanges. You will have your own account and they will bill you directly. A benefit of being a co-op member is you will receive an $8-$10 credit per box. That’s up to $520 savings a year! Your box will be delivered to our pick up location on Tuesdays. See Q&A section for sign up instructions.
Here is the cost of each box including the Suwanee co-op discount:
Tiny – $22
NGE allows you to make up to 5 substitutions and add additional produce to your box. Same with the co-op, there are NO contracts and NO weekly commitment.
If you sign up to receive a produce box:
You’ll get an email from NGE on Fridays with your personalized list
You can cancel, substitute items and add by Monday
Your box will be delivered to our pick up location on Tuesday for pick up.
How to Place An Order
Every delivery week begins with shopping enabled at 7:30 am on Friday mornings until 5 pm on Sundays. Members place their order for that week on our website under the “The Market” tab. You can order all available Market items except Produce Boxes from Nature’s Garden Express. Orders are placed in a shopping cart for your review and final selection. Your ordered items will be packed and cold/frozen items will be in one of our refrigerators, freezers or coolers.
Picking Up Orders
Your ordered items will be available for pick up on Tuesdays from 1pm to 6:45pm.
If you are unable to pick up your order, SWLC needs a 24 hour notice. Your account will be charged for any orders that are not collected since perishable products cannot be resold. Any items not picked up by 5pm on Tuesday will be donated unless we are notified.
Pick Up Address: 4942 Austin Park Avenue, Buford 30518
Why do I pay a membership? Customer and membership fees cover the cost of operating the market; market manager, transportation, and web store. You are welcome to try us for two orders before you pay the membership. The website will automatically add the membership fee to your third order as a separate billing for membership only.
How to Vounteer
We need volunteers during co-op pick up on Tuesdays at our location at 4249 Austin Park Avenue, Buford 30518. Please sign up for an hour shift between 2pm and 5pm.
Duties include assisting members during pick up and explaining to new members the pick up process. No packing is involved.
Our co-op cannot run without volunteers and we thank you for serving!
Link to sign up:
Why Support Us?
*Enhance local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from Suwanee Whole Life Co-op growers, you are providing stability to Georgia’s economy through the support of local businesses.
*Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials.
*Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our state about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
*Supporting a way of life: SWLC producers are farming by choice, driven by a passion of growing foods that they are proud to produce. The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
We Support You!
The purpose of the Community Resource Directory is to help co-op members advertise their products or services and to foster a sense of community.
If you are an active member and would like to list your service or business, please send me an email with your name, business name, brief description, website address and contact information. The directory will be updated on a monthly basis.
I’m looking forward to supporting all our local business owners and I hope you are too!
Click here to see our Community Resource Directory
A Bit of our History
Since the summer of 2010, Owner/Market Manager, Nora Lea, a devoted wife and mother of two active children was frustrated with the inconsistent quality and price of organic produce in the local supermarkets. Looking for a way to lower her grocery bill she located a local produce company that would deliver fresh, beautiful organic produce to her door. She spread the news to a few friends and next thing she knew she started a co-op buying club in her garage in Suwanee. Thanks to community and member support, we moved out of the garage to our current pick up location at a warehouse in near historic Buford.
Knowing how, where and who grew your food is virtually impossible these days. Now that is possible if you become a member of our co-op. Farmers Markets are a wonderful source but they are seasonal. CSAs are great but not flexible. Suwanee Whole Life Co-op is offered year round, there are no contracts and no weekly commitment. We have a growing list of local farmers and businesses that we work with to provide you and your family real, clean and healthy foods and products.