How It Works & FAQ


For Questions specific to Placing an Order please see our Shopping FAQ

General Info

What is my password again?

It happens to all of us, we save the e-mail, write it down, come up with some catchy phrase, and then promptly forget our log-in information. Fortunately there is a way you can recover it.

When you attempt to log-in and can’t you should see this screen:

Forgot Password Dialog

Click on the link, “Forgot your Password?

You should see this:

  • This will require the information you entered into the registration form when you signed up.
  • This form will e-mail a new password to you at the e-mail you registered with.
  • It requires 2 of 3 bits of information. First Name + Last Name count as 1 bit.
  • If you no longer have a copy of your registration form, we can re-send it to you

Here is a sample e-mail:

This form AND your registration are CaSe SeNsItIvE. Also spaces are recognized characters, so be careful if your using copy & paste. Let us know if you need your membership registration form or this does not seem to be working not working.

How will ordering and delivery take place through the cooperative?

The cooperative uses a web-based ordering system. Delivery and distribution occur at one drop site located at Merle Hay Mall. You may also pick up your goods at our satellite sites in West Des Moines, Downtown (Sherman Hill), Ankeny, Ames, and Osceola.

As a producer, why should I join the coop?

  • Create an identity in a new market, thus adding new sources of revenue into your business.
  • Set your own prices.
  • Benefit from the marketing activities of the Iowa Food Cooperative.
  • Reduce the time and cost of marketing and distributing your products to consumers.
  • Work alongside other area consumers and other producers to increase awareness, availability and quality of local food.
  • Directly contribute to the economic growth of your community

How do I become a Producer for the Iowa Food Coop?

Becoming a producer for The Iowa Food Cooperative is a two step process:

You may complete the Producer Application immediately after completing the Member Registration Form, just be sure to check the box “I am interested in becoming a producer member for The Iowa Food Cooperative.” Which displays below the form field for Business Name.

If you would like to complete your Producer Application at a later time, once we have processed your membership & payment, you may log-in and then complete the Producer Application.

As a consumer, why should I join the coop?

  • Convenient access to a wide variety of healthy, fresh, frozen, and processed food and non-food products grown and/or produced in Iowa.
  • Shop product offerings from multiple producers to compare prices, types, and the production practices used by each producer to find a product that meets your needs.
  • Increased access to foods that meet your personal preferences regarding production practices.
  • Acquire a better knowledge of where your food comes from and establish relationships with the people that produce it.
  • Support Iowa’s rural economy.
  • Support farming practices that embrace social and environmental sustainability.

Who can be a part of the Cooperative?

Farmers, niche market entrepreneurs and consumers may join the cooperative as sellers, buyers or both. All members have equal voting privileges.

What is the membership fee for the Iowa Food Cooperative?

$50 one-time membership fee, with an additional annual $10 fee starting in year two, for use for educational and outreach purposes.

What kind of food and/or products will be sold?

A wide variety of food and non-food items will be offered through the Iowa Food Cooperative. While many products will be offered each order cycle, others may be offered based on availability and seasonality of the product. In all cases, the product was grown or produced in Iowa. See the Producer Standards Page for a complete set of standards for who can sell what products through the IFC

Carts are closed. How can I view my cart to confirm my order?

After carts close you can no longer see the cart view.
When you log-in at the top you should see a tab for ‘Shopping’.

Where the link was to ‘view your cart’ it now says ‘Carts closed’.
Just below that is a link to “View In-Process Invoice”.

Click that and it will show you all you had in your cart at the time it closed.

How do you make a payment?

You can find out the amount you owe by logging in and clicking the link titled “View in-process Invoice”, but you’ll have to wait to get the total if you bought some variable weight products.
Producers have until midnight two days before distribution to enter the weights. Those weights are needed to figure out the amount owed for that product.

You can pay by check when you pick up your order, or you can pay ahead of time using Dwolla or Paypal. Credit card and EBT payment is accepted at Merle Hay Mall.


Why join?

  • As a Consumer:
    Convenient, year-round access to hundreds of food and non-food products directly from Iowa farmers and artisans. Know where your food comes from and the people that produce it.
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  • As a Producer:
    Access a new market and add new sources of revenue into your business. Reduce the time and cost of marketing your products to consumers.
    Learn More


We’re Local, We’re Fresh and Tasty, We’re Responsible

  • All of our products are sold by producers who have grown, made, or raised each item
  • 85% of what you pay for the foods you buy goes straight to our farmer-owners
  • We help protect Iowa’s air, water, soil and wildlife by supporting farming practices that enhance the environment.

We’re Fresh, We’re Tasty

  • “Money stays local.”
  • “Better tasting.”
  • “Good prices.”
  • “Know who produces what you eat.”
  • “Customizable orders.”
  • “Convenient ordering from home.”
  • “Everything you want in one purchase.”


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