The co-op gets some of its produce from Linvilla Orchards in Middletown and Pete's Produce in Westtown. It carries Nature's Yoke free-range eggs ($2.29) and Natural by Nature grass-fed, fat-free milk ($3.49 a half-gallon). It has a nice selection of yogurt and cheeses, including raw-milk creamy blue cheese ($15.99 a pound) from Harmonyville Artisan Cheese in Pottstown.
For the beef connoisseur, there's dried, aged beef that chef John Wilson describes as "addictive" with its tender, rich, complex flavor. It's $14.95 for New York strip or rib eye.
Wilson offers up some tempting prepared meals that include meatloaf ($5.99), stuffed chicken breast ($9.99), and stuffed salmon with spinach, pine nuts and feta cheese ($12.99). Salads, such as Jenni's chicken salad with crunchy celery and juicy red grapes ($7.99 a pound), are great for picnics.
For the sweet tooth, there are Chilly Philly ice cream and baked goods from Vanilla Beans, a Swarthmore operation.
What else: The co-op, which has outdoor seating, fires up the grill from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekends and offers specialty sausages, grilled chicken, cheeseburgers and hot dogs.
Membership is $300 and includes member specials, member appreciation days (10 percent off everything four or five times a year), and member events.
Where: 341 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore. Phone: 610-543-9805. Web: www.swarthmore.coop.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.