April 2018 Newsletter


Across our Ownership, Chicago Market is spending April focusing on zero waste and sustainable living. Here’s how:

Where Do Your Kitchen Food Scraps Go?

Did you know a single head of lettuce can take 25 years to decompose in a landfill? A zero waste lifestyle has many benefits for you, your family, and your community, but how do you start? Chicago Market Owner Grant Kessler, Owner #3, shares some tips from the Chicago Market community in this recent blog post


Registration for membership at the new GrowUptown garden is now open. If you're ready to dig in, be sure to go to The Peterson Garden Project's Organic Edible Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday April 21st and 22nd from 10am to 4pm. Grab your seedlings and plant them at GrowUptown garden! 

Here are 5 great reasons to become a member of GrowUptown:
  1. Stock your freezer with the fruits (well, veggies) of your labor!
  2. Eat home-grown organic food by June.
  3. Make new friends who share your commitment to sustainable food.
  4. Support a superb nonprofit.
  5. Become an integral part of Chicago's foodshed.
Read more in this recent blog post from Chicago Market Owner #148, Annette Mambuca.
Did you know Chicago Market Owner #573 Rob Montalbano, is providing the organic seedlings?

Tag Chicago Market on social with pictures of your seedlings!

Get, Trade, Give at the 'Stuff Swap'

Chicago Market is hosting its first Stuff Swap for our wonderful Owners on May 5th from 2pm to 4pm at Ravenswood Community Services. Bring all of your spring cleaning possessions and meet fellow Chicago Market Owners! This is a great way to share resources and, in the spirit of zero waste, find good homes for things that may not be as special to you as they once were without getting rid of them outright.

Some ideas for things to bring:
Home-grown/home-made food stuffs, music, seeds, plants, books, crafts, clothes, jewelry, eggs, seedling starts, herbal tinctures, tea blends, ceramics, mushrooms, ferments, services, and anything else you can give, share, or barter.

RSVP here.

48th Ward 7th Annual Clean Up Green Up

Connect with Andersonville neighbors and fellow Chicago Market aspiring and current Owners while you help clean up and beautify the community. Join us Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 1pm. Visit the Facebook event page for details.


Reduce Waste and Grow Our Community

Help more members of our community to grow our co-op, live sustainably, and reduce waste! Here are three great sustainability-minded reasons to become a Chicago Market Owner:

1. The Chicago Market store will be committed to reducing extra and wasteful packaging by selling in bulk, encouraging Owners to BYOBC (Bring Your Own Bags and Containers) for bulk foods and veggies, and working with suppliers committed to reducing unnecessary waste.
2. Chicago Market Owners will get to learn all about the ideas and practices of zero waste from Owners in the know!
3. Chicago Market hopes to become a public recycle hub for items that cannot go in Chicago’s blue bins in order to make it more convenient and accessible for the community to properly dispose of hazardous items.


Introducing Our New Newsletter Editor!

We're so excited to have Kate Samano, Owner #909, stepping up to be our Newsletter editor. A long-time Uptown resident, Kate became an Owner about a year ago when we announced our Gerber bid and she saw our commitment to being a connected, supportive part of the community. Now, volunteering to edit and send our monthly newsletter means she's pitching in to make things happen!


Stop By and Say "Hi!"

If you will be attending any of these highly anticipated events, stop by and say hi! Got a ticket in time, but now you can’t attend? Give your ticket up to another Chicago Market Owner!

- Women in Green May 1
- Living Without Waste: Bea Johnson's Tips for a Zero-Waste Home April 16
- Sheridan Park Neighbors: Chicago Market Owner #523 Hillary Stifler is speaking to this group in April about the Market

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always in need of volunteers! If you're able to help out in any of the following capacities, email Lee.
- Volunteer Coordinator - Help interview, place and manage Chicago Market volunteers.
- Social Media Coordinator - Love social media? Help us spread the word about the Market on social!
- Web Developer - Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS are required. Experience working with WordPress and knowledge of NationBuilder and/or Liquid are a big plus.
- Fundraisers - Join our Owner Loan Campaign team. Fundraising experience is NOT required!
- Accountants - Help the Finance team manage the Chicago Market books. 

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