Our 2023 in-person Annual Owners Meeting will cover many important topics of interest to all Chicago Market Owners. We highly encourage ALL Owners to attend. Chicago Market household Owners are also welcome to attend—please RSVP below!
Board members and General Manager Dan Arnett will be on hand to answer questions before, during, and after the meeting. And, of course, you can reach out to us anytime by email at [email protected].
This is YOUR Co-op. As an Owner, please be involved, join the conversation, and come meet your fellow Owners. Want to be featured in our meeting slideshow? Click here to tell us why you became an Owner of Chicago Market and upload a photo!
Location: Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Avenue
Schedule of Events:
1:30pm: Doors open for pre-meeting info tables and Q&A
2:00pm–3:30pm: Annual Meeting
3:30pm–4:00pm: Additional Q&A and info table time
4:30–6:00pm: Optional post-meeting social gathering (cash bar; Uptown Taproom, 1265 W. Wilson)
About our guest speaker Marty Travis:
Marty and Kris Travis and their son, Will, co-own and operate Spence Farm in Illinois. A former furniture maker who inherited the old family farm decided to return to farming, but saw that the opportunity for true sustainability was a long way from corn, soybeans, and conventional ag.
Instead, he turned to the City of Chicago and its restaurant community. As it so happened, they were looking for farmers who would give them unique food ingredients, heirloom vegetables and work with them to build their seasonal menus. It was, simply put, a match made in foodie heaven. A thriving, sustainable business model grew from the ground up, from the hard work Marty and his family put into the soil, into the livestock and into the surrounding acreage, into the community of buyers he fostered with kindness, amazing products, and dedicated work.
Over the last 20 years the model has evolved to encompass nearly 80 other small family farms that aggregate product through the Down at the Farms, LLC entity. Caring and compassion along with a helping of gratitude is what inspires this cooperative group of farmers lead by the Travis family. Currently serving nearly 100 restaurants and over 1000 families, this network of farmers is leading the way to a change in the landscape around food.
935 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
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