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Cooper's Public Market Offers Local Foods To Locals

New Novato market is all local all the time with all products coming from within a 30 mile radius.

Photo by Rem O'Donnelley


A Novato native will be sharing his passion starting Saturday with the opening of Cooper's Public Market. Dennis Cooper will be bringing food from local producers, all within a 30 mile radius of his store in Novato.

The market's website describes itself as a “small family owned indoor market selling sustainably raised eggs, produce, dairy, meats, cheese, honey and other staples.” Cooper's store is carrying produce, eggs, dairy products and meat from various farms. Some of the products are eggs from Redhill Farms in Petaluma cheeses from Nicasio Valley Cheese Company in Nicasio, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese and Cowgirl Creamery both in Point Reyes Station.

The meat his store is carrying is from Devil's Gulch Ranch in Nicasio and Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales. One of the unique meats he will carry is going to be rabbit. Cooper will carry breads from Brick Maiden Breads in Point Reyes Station. In addition the market will also have an espresso bar with coffee from Equator Coffees and Tea in San Rafael. Cooper explains just because some products are considered gourmet, it is not a gourmet store as he will also be carrying traditional grocery products.

This is the 43 years olds first foray into the market business. Prior to this he was in the film industry for 15 years and before that a musician. The last seven years he was at Lucas Films where he worked in global production. Cooper says that is where he got his business education.

His interest in the all local food is that he wad been interested in buying local for years. “I've been trying to eat organic for a long time. I've always liked buying local,” Cooper said.

He says although a person could go to a place and buy some local foods, there wasn't one place that you could go and everything was local. “So that's what gave me the idea to open the market and go direct to the farmers and the ranchers so that the community can know them and get to know them and where the foods come from.”

“I'm really excited to be doing this, it was a community event getting the store built and my neighbors, friends and even the contractors are all locals. Even the contractor's people pitched in and helped out. So this is local from the ground up,” he said.

Saturday's grand opening is a “soft opening” he explained. “We've got a lot of good food here and we're just getting rolling and we're going to keep bringing in more products. In March we will have a grand opening and we'll have more in the store.”

Cooper wants the public to know that if there is something locally that people want and that isn't in the store to let him know and he will try to get it. “That includes cuts of meat or a head meat, I can get pretty much anything that people want.

Cooper's Public Market

Open 9 am to 7 pm

1425 Grant Avenue



Beverly Carrino January 25, 2014 at 01:28 PM
That is just awesome. So happy this is happening and thank you.
Craig Belfor January 25, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Finally we can buy fresh produce without closing down the rest of old town to do it. This will be good news to the other businesses that suffered. Please don't insult this guy by opening up farmers market in front of him. It was getting off the produce theme anyway.
Two Fords January 26, 2014 at 12:47 AM
I'm sorry to hear you'll be selling rabbit. I am no longer vegan or vegetarian but I guess I do have "my" line I can't cross.
Bubba six pack January 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Then don't cross over to the meat section. There are things I don't buy at Safeway, but I don't boycott the whole store because they sell Miracle Whip.
Michelle D January 26, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Welcome to our neighborhood ! Lots of my neighbors have been excited about this new business and we wish Cooper's the very best. As neighbors we are also a little anxious about how Coopers will be managing their garbage and hope that they do not take the tack of their neighbors, Rustic Bakery + the Taco shop whose open dumpster cans have plagued the neighborhood with an explosion of rats , night time dumpster diving and garbage that migrates into the adjacent residential yards .
Two Fords January 26, 2014 at 08:52 PM
"Bubba" and "six pack" says it all. No need to respond. Good day, Sir.
D. Cook January 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM
@Michelle D. Produce stores of this type "generate 89% less waste than food service type establishments" like restaurants and bakeries. Truth be told, I like to make stats up (like this one) but I think you will find far less food waste generated by a market like this than a restaurant where customers dine on site.
Roger January 27, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Coopers also has the basics, like eggs and milk. However, the price is double that of Lucky's down the street.
Hopkin January 27, 2014 at 02:59 AM
Two Fords, "six pack" just means that he goes to the gym a lot!
Cynthia January 30, 2014 at 07:18 PM
I look forward to adding Coopers into my grocery store mix! I would never buy meat or fish from Safeway or Luckys, so will be good to have another option in addition to Whole Foods and Harvest for these items. Good luck Dennis! Seems that you have some rather passive agressive neighbors - hope they don't get you down!

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