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February 2023 newsletter


Chicago Market Newsletter — February 2023

What Does Your Co-op Value?

Earlier this month, the Board voted to explicitly add Justice to our public expression of the Co-op’s Values. See below for the text of our Justice Value, and check out this blog post for more information on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Want to get involved helping us live into our Justice Value? Email [email protected] to get started!


Become a Friend of the Uptown Farmers Market Today

The Uptown Farmers Market offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities that help us fulfill our mission—to bring fresh foods, fun, and community involvement to Uptown! And you can be our "friend" through a minimum $50 sponsorship! As a Friend of Uptown Farmers Market, you will be listed on the Market website and be entered into a special raffle to win Market Bucks to spend with your favorite farmer or producer. Help support your Uptown Farmers Market by signing up herelet's be friends!


Reminder: The Uptown Farmers Market has a new, permanent home! Starting May 3, 2023, the Market will take place in Sunnyside Mall—the pedestrian stretch of Sunnyside between Magnolia and Beacon, just a block south of Wilson Avenue. 


Board Update

We're excited to welcome John Law back to the Board. His new job a year ago at the City put him in a position of possible conflict of interest as our Chicago Recovery Plan (CRP) grant application was being considered, so he stepped down from our Board. Now that the grant is fully approved, he was eager to return and the Board voted to appoint him to fill our one empty seat. It was an easy decision for the Board knowing that our Owners had already supported him by electing him in the first place, and he's already digging in to support our project. 

If you'd like to be a part of our Board, the best first step is volunteering with us. Click here to get involved. 


Project Updates Video Series

There is so much going on now as our project moves rapidly forward, and we're capturing the steps with super short videos. 

These are up on our social media accounts but also collected here at our YouTube Channel. Bookmark the link and check back for our frequent updates. The first three cover Dan's work on the local food supply chain and a visit to a food pantry and soup kitchen so that we're sure to deliver on our mission to "care for the community". 


In the News

Chicago Market Hosts Mayor and City Officials for Recovery Program Grant Awards

 

Note that as of December, Board meetings will be on the first Monday of the month.

News from Our Business Owners

Collective Resource Compost: "Our company has reached an incredible milestone. We have diverted 10,000 tons of food scraps from the landfills to commercial composting facilities. That’s 20 million pounds! Thank you to everyone in our composting community who helped us recover those resources by putting them in the right bin."

Swedish Hospital has a number of upcoming free wellness events. Learn more and register here.


Get Involved

Your Co-op is a nationally recognized project that will have incredible impact on our local economy and the local food system. Invest in Preferred Shares now—you benefit and your Co-op can lower it's reliance on bank debt. 

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Not up for investing but want to help your Co-op financially?
  • Donate any amount here. (can be tax-deductible and recurring)
  • Level Up your Ownership if you're not already a Cultivating Owner.



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