A Brief History of Our Co-op
Wild Oats began as a buying club in 1975. It was started by a group of folks who wanted unrefined, additive-free foods and products with minimum packaging. In 1982, we opened as a retail store in our “home town” of Williamstown, MA. Our storefront operation was started with only 100 members and $5,000, by people who wanted an economical alternative to processed and conventional foods. As the years passed, we attracted a growing number of individuals interested in health and the environment, as well as in organic and natural foods.
As a cooperatively owned business, Wild Oats’ member-owners were able to make sure that their growing operation reflected their commitment to local and organic food, sustainable living, social responsibility and related concerns. Commitment to these issues continues to be an integral part of Wild Oats Market to this day.
Wild Oats moved to its present location in 2005. Our store at 320 Main Street in Williamstown is spacious enough for us to offer a wide selection of healthy, delicious, locally sourced foods and other products. In addition to our grocery items, we carry a wide array of local and organic produce; locally handmade cheeses; grass-fed, locally raised beef and poultry; craft beers and wines; and much, much more. Our popular hot bar and salad bar are open daily for lunch and dinner. Our fresh bakery and grab n’ go deli case stock a variety of fresh breads, pastries, desserts, salads, soups and more.
But don’t take our word for it — stop by for a visit! Wild Oats Market is conveniently located on Route 2 in Williamstown near Williams College, Mass MoCA and the Clark Art Institute.