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Give the Gift of Community With a Co-Op Stop



    Sarah Pixley

    If you missed small business Saturday, you may want to try something fresh (and local) next time you head out for groceries.
    OK, when you think about holiday shopping, a grocery store usually isn't the first thing at the top of your list. But shopping at the Common Market in Frederick, Md., a community-owned natural market, benefits local farms as well is its roughly 4,000 individual owners. 

    Whether you plan to be an owner or a shopper, the market is open to anyone. As a shopper, you'll help support local farmers, schools and charities by buying the fresh, local food from the environmentally friendly market. The Cafe Hot Bar located inside the market also features a rotating menu of tasty, all-natural menu items.
    As an owner, after a $200 sign-up fee, you'll reap the benefits of being a business owner. Get exclusive coupons, discounts, rebates and full access to participate in exclusive events.
    The Common Market is open daily from 8 a.m to 9 p.m. located at 5728 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Md., about 60 minutes from downtown D.C.