I consider myself to be a bit of a food co-op connoisseur, as odd as that sounds, and I have to say this is the best food co-op that I have ever visited in my life. Yes, better than my beloved Midwestern co-ops and the biggest food co-op in the country here in Brooklyn. Not only do they have a huge section of the co-op full of organic/fair trade produce, frozen foods, and packaged goods, they have a well-stocked deli case (including vegan sandwiches, spreads, salads, and "bom-diggidy vegan dill dip", which is amazing), and they have a HUGE bulk section in the back room.
The bulk section has every single staple that you could possibly imagine, along with hard-to-find (peppermint extract, gooseberries, molasses, teff flour, corn/quinoa gluten-free elbow macaroni) and simply random and obscure items in bulk, including dried lotus root slices and lotus root seeds. Seriously? Who carries that to begin with, let alone in BULK. They charge a very modest fee for bags as a way to encourage folks to bring their own containers, which is fabulous.
Since a friend was driving me home from Albany, I stocked up on Almond Breeze milk, which they had on sale for $2 (including unsweetened chocolate, which I've never seen before), organic bulk flowers, and random items I've never seen elsewhere, including raw curried sauerkraut and frozen vegan eggplant burgers.
I'm actually considering making another trip to Albany just to go to this co-op....and to bring all my baking extract containers to fill up while I have the chance. :)