October 2020 Newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter - October 2020

Hazzard Free Farm Partnership Success

Co-ops are different for many reasons and one of the most exciting is that we are mission- and vision-driven. All the work we do is guided by our Mission, Vision and Values, which we as Owners crafted together.

Although we're not open yet, we can still deliver on our Vision of a local, sustainable, connected food community that supports transparency around food sourcing and the building of strong relationships. Enter our To Market, To Market team who just strengthened our relationship to Andy Hazzard at Hazzard Free Farm as well as the folks at her three partner farms, Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Gretta's Goats and Pecatonica River Honey. 

Their initiative to bring Grain Sampler and Partner Sampler boxes to you was a big success and yielded these results:
  • Hazzard Free Grain Sampler boxes sold = 15
  • Partner Sampler boxes sold = 24
  • Total money raised for the farmers = $1,620
Andy was pretty happy to work with us and shared a wonderful note in her boxes, more proof that Chicago Market is helping connect you to your farm. Here's an excerpt:

"Your purchase through Chicago Market means you will receive local, regeneratively grown food, and that is the answer to ALL of the issues surrounding climate change, agriculture, your health and your community's health!"  - Andy Hazzard

Kate and Matthew on our team made the drive out to Andy's farm to pick things up, which saved her the shipping charges and means we got some farm pictures. Who doesn't love a cute baby pig picture!

The Volunteer Team Wants You

Welcome to fall everyone! We’re in the process of working on several new projects and endeavors this fall. We are in an organizational phase and looking for some behind the scenes and executional expertise to help us communicate effectively, consistently and creatively with our Owners and beyond!

The Volunteer Team currently has four specific roles we’re looking to fill. If you want to know more about what these roles are all about – please reach out to us.
Email/Phone Outreach – Database Cleanup
What’s the role:
 Resolve a list of email bounce backs/database cleanups. We could use help for an initial cleanup (one-off project) as well as someone to regularly monitor and resolve these issues (ongoing).
Compensation & Benefits Specialist
What’s the role:
 A limited time assignment, with a handful of meetings then some possible follow-up conversations around negotiation when we find a GM candidate. Looking for someone with professional HR experience. 
Graphic Designer
What’s the role:
 For the creative mind! Create on-brand marketing materials for Chicago Market that could include social, website and physical material creation – really anything that needs a design eye and skill set.

Email/Social Media Marketer (Technical)
What’s the role: 
Behind the scenes, executional role. Write/proofread email/social posts and execute their posting/sending.


News from our Business Owners

Yoga Body Elements has lots of great classes right now:
  • one week unlimited virtual class $25.00
  • Thai Yoga Training  (virtual and in person)
  • Saturday Outdoor Yoga at 4009 N Sheridan
  • Reiki 1 Training (virtual or in person)
  • Introduction to Essential Oils (virtual or in person)
  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (virtual or in person)
    Check dates and Register Now

Collective Resource Composting: "This month we are obsessed with pumpkins and wanting them all to be composted after the holiday. We're making it easy by providing this info for hosting your own private Pumpkin Smash and collecting in our 32-gallon Neighbor Totes."


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How Can You Support Your Co-op Now?

While the Board continues to work with the CTA and our consultants on the operational side of things, Owners can help with the Funding and Organizational side by Leveling Up your Ownership to the Cultivating level; 
donating or pledging a loan; volunteering; and by sharing your enthusiasm for your Co-op with your friends and on social media.

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