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Invest in Real Pickles, Invest in Our Community!

Thanks for everyone's support - We've gone co-op!

Real Pickles is re-writing the standard storyline for a successful organic food business: We're staying small, independent & locally-owned. We're securing our social mission for the long-term. We've become a worker-owned cooperative! (Read more about it on our blog.)

We are thrilled to report that - just 2 months after launching our community investment campaign - we successfully raised the $500,000 in investments needed to transition Real Pickles to a worker-owned cooperative!

We want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the 77 individuals and organizations throughout MA and VT who chose to make an investment - and to countless others for your invaluable words of wisdom and encouragement. We're so appreciative of all the many ways in which our community has made it possible for Real Pickles to take this exciting step.

Our official transition to a worker-owned cooperative happened May 9th, 2013 ... Hurray!!


Interested in other investment opportunities?

It's become clear in the course of this campaign that there is a significant and growing interest in investing locally and responsibly. We think this is a hugely important trend and want to let you know about some other organizations offering opportunities in our region these days:

Also, Western MA folks interested in local investing opportunities should keep tabs on the Slow Money Pioneer Valley Chapter, a working group of PVGrows. Their mission: "The Slow Money Pioneer Valley Chapter catalyzes community-based investment in the local food system by connecting investors, farmers and entrepreneurs in order to strengthen our local and regional food economy."

A special thanks to Cutting Edge Capital for their extensive help in developing our community investment campaign. They are assisting many businesses in raising capital from their local communities.

Want to read more?

Here's a list of posts that have been written during our process and transition. Enjoy!

"Congratulations Dan and Addie and to the Real Pickles Co-op!
Great choice that shows a different and better economic vision is possible.
I'm going to celebrate with some... champagne?--wait no--sauerkraut!" --Ted, Amherst, MA

"I'm investing because Real Pickles is a solid business with a track record of helping to build a more resilient, local food system.  In my work, and as a member of PV Grows and Slow Money, I've been very active promoting opportunities to invest in the local food system.  Now, as an individual, it is really exciting to have the opportunity to invest in a 'real deal' like Real Pickles.  I am in!"  --Jeff Rosen, Solidago Foundation, Northampton, MA

"We met the folks at Real Pickles when our store was young, and we've grown up together.  We share the mission, a passion of bringing organic, real food to our New England community.  We love the fact that Real Pickles uses 100% solar energy, that they buy from family farms in the Northeast, and sell regionally too.  Have you tasted their fermented veggies?  Oh my.  We make a salad in our store's kitchen that is based upon Real Pickles fermented (no vinegar) beets.  It's a winner, and we're happy to share the recipe.  Write debra@debrasnaturalgourmet.com." --Debra Stark, Debra's Natural Gourmet, West Concord, MA

"I am very grateful to be able to invest in a business like Real Pickles, a company who is leading the way in sustainable business practices. I can support everything that Real Pickles is doing, from purchasing vegetables from local farms to cooperative ownership to managing growth thoughtfully. It was an easy decision to invest with Real Pickles." -- Annie Guion, Newfane, VT
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