Frequently Asked Questions
How long has the store been here?
Common Ground opened in October 1977 and has always been in the same location in Downtown Bloomington.  There have been three owners in that time.
Is Common Ground related to Common Ground Co-op in Urbana?
No, they are two separate businesses. It’s a very common name. (No pun intended!)
Is Common Ground a co-op?
 No, it is independently owned.
You’re open on Sunday?
Yes! We are open 7 days a week!
What forms of payment do you take?
We take Cash, checks, debit and credit (Visa, Mastercard or Discover) and LINK.
Do you have gift certificates? 
Yes! Available in any amount and they never expire!

How do special orders work? 

We’re always happy to special order products we don’t carry that are available from our distributors.  In most cases, it will just be added on to our regular shipments so you won’t have to pay shipping.   You may call or inquire in the store and we will look into the product and let you know if we can get it, the price and how soon it should be in.

Do you offer a bulk/case discount?

Yes!  Cases and bulk orders of 25 pounds or more will receive a 15% discount.

Why is this coconut oil solid? -OR- Why is this coconut oil liquid? 
Coconut oil is very sensitive to temperature.  If it’s warm outside, it will be liquid. If it’s cool outside, it will be solid. This does not affect the oil itself. If you prefer it solid, you may wish to keep it in the refrigerator.  If you like it liquid, you may warm it. It will melt quickly if you are using it in cooking.  It stands up to high temperatures without changing the chemical properties.  Your body heat should be enough to melt it when applying to skin.
What’s the difference between Brown and Golden flax seed?
Nutritionally they are very similar. Some people prefer the lighter flavor and color of Golden Flax. Both need to be ground to access the Omega-3 and need to be refrigerated after grinding (or opening the bag of flax meal) to preserve the Omega- 3 oils.
What are chia seeds good for and what do you do with them? What do they taste like?
Chia seeds are highly nutritional! They have omega 3, calcium, fiber. The can help keep you full and balance blood sugar.
Almost flavorless, just slightly nutty. Throw them in with soft foods such as yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, guacamole, or hummus. Sprinkle them on salads, pizza or pasta. Put some in your favorite non-carbonated beverage for chia “bubble tea.” When chia seeds are soaked in liquid, they form a gel which can be used as an egg replacement. And of course the classic, Chia Pet!
How do you pick an avocado?
Generally, a ripe avocado should be darker-purplish in color and have a little give to it when it’s squeezed gently.  To ripen, leave out of the refrigerator but put them in to slow ripening time.