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Food-Sourcing Update from Team GLRP

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Your Board has built out a number of teams,  each of which has a focus. Recently, you learned about the work of Site Selection & Design, developing site selection criteria and reaching out to real estate brokers. This week, I want to update you on a team I lead called Grocery Logistics, Retail and Procurement, or GLRP for short (we smile and pronounce it GLuRP).

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Site Selection Criteria

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Chicago Market is moving forward at an exciting pace!  We're checking out sites, interviewing real estate agents and setting procurement policies.  In order to give our Owners more information about what we're up to, we've asked some of our Board Members to give updates on their activities.

This update is from Dan Miller, on Site Selection and Design. Dan has been hard at work trying to figure out how we pick the perfect site and what the store will look like once it's open.

My team has come up with a mission-driven set of site selection criteria we are using as we begin to look at possible sites for the new store. We’ve already used these criteria to evaluate several sites we’ve had our eyes on.  

 

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Site Selection Update

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Chicago Market is moving forward at an exciting pace!  We're checking out sites, interviewing real estate agents and setting procurement policies.  In order to give our Owners more information about what we're up to, we've asked some of our Board Members to give updates on their activities.

The first update is from Mark Ahlheim, on Site Selection and Design.  Mark is a grocery store and real estate expert, and he's  been hard at work trying to figure out how we find the perfect real estate agent to help make Chicago Market a reality.

As Chicago Market looks forward to securing a site for its brick-and-mortar store, we also look to bring aboard a commercial real estate agent who can represent our interests, completely understands our needs, and negotiates the best possible agreement for our space.  With that in mind, we have begun that search and hope to have that person aboard soon.

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Thank You, Greener Ravenswood!

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We had an absolute blast at the recent Greener Ravenswood event. 

The annual event benefits local, sustainable initiatives in the Ravenswood neighborhood -- one of the target areas for Chicago Market's store. 

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Chicago Market Owners: Making Fireworks

Last year on July 4, Chicago Market had been active for three weeks. We published a flag, similar to this one, which had the names of our first Owners.

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Congratulations to Local Foods!

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The entire Chicago Market team extends a huge congratulations to Local Foods, which is celebrating the grand opening of its beautiful new locally focused grocery store tomorrow. 

Not familiar with Local Foods?

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In the Kitchen with Chicago Market: Fruit Preserves

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Want to learn how to preserve summer's freshest produce year-round?

Join us for In the Kitchen with Chicago Market: Home-made Fruit Preserves at Peterson Garden Project's Community Cooking School June 27.

This hands-on class is designed for the novice canner as well as the seasoned pro in need of a refresher. 

We will discuss the difference between jams, jellies, chutneys and marmalades and cover the basics of boiling-water-bath canning, including information on food safety and recommendations on how to store your newly canned goods. We’ll have materials available and will show you beautiful ways to package those homemade canned goods so that they look as good as they taste. Each participant will take home a jar of strawberry jam that they’ve made during the class.

 

 

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Act Now: Discounted CSA with Montalbano Farms for Owners

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We have big news for Chicago Market Owners (and soon-to-be Owners):

Farmer Rob Montalbano, a fellow co-op Owner, is offering a $25 discount on his CSA subscriptions to current Chicago Market Owners. 

Not currently an Owner? As an added bonus, sign up to become an Owner and join the Montalbano Farms CSA before May 31, and you'll get 10 free pounds of tomatoes in August.

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Kombucha Workshop a Huge Success

  

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Who knew so many people want to learn how to make kombucha?

A packed house filled The Shift Wednesday to learn all about this fermented, good-for-you sweet tea beverage (and other naturally fermented drinks) from the very knowledgable Tamara Mannelly, a health coach and blogger at Oh Lardy. 

We even got to -- gasp -- touch a scoby. Don't know a scoby from Scooby Do, well ... 

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Announcing our Board Officers

There's much behind-the-scenes work happening at Chicago Market. And one of those big steps happened just a couple of days ago at the latest Board meeting, when your Board of Directors selected its officers.

So, without further ado, here are the newly elected Board officers, in their own words:

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