October 2023 newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter — October 2023


What is Regenerative Agriculture?

The term regenerative agriculture came up at our Annual Meeting recently and we wanted to share two perspectives on it from our community. 

Marty Travis, farmer
Our GM Dan Arnett interviewed Marty at our Annual Meeting and we've captured his answer to the question in this short video.

Meghann Beer, Owner and non-profit consultant
Chicago Market Owners are not sitting on the sidelines. They are active participants seeking solutions for climate change, sustainability, food system development, and more. We asked Meghann Beer, Owner #176, to tell us about her recent Terra.do Climate Farm School experience in a blog post: Climate Solution: Regenerative Agriculture.

Election Results

New Director
Thanks to 291 Owners who voted in our election (up 45% from last year), we have a new Board member joining us — Malicha Dida (he goes by Dida). We're excited to have a new voice and new energy on our Board. 

The incumbents running were also re-elected: Kate Grimm, Sonia Lewis, Dana McKinney, Matthew Ruffi, and Anthony Todd.

We want to send a BIG THANK YOU out to Donna Curtin and James Gignac whose terms end now. They have been critical to the success of Chicago Market and we thank them for their service. See you both soon at the Uptown Farmers Market and shopping the aisles of our store before long!

If you missed the Annual Meeting, we have a video recording of it for you. 

And be sure to read your:

October is National Co-op Month

Co-op Month has been a nationally recognized celebration since 1964, when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman proclaimed October Co-op Month.

Guided by a set of shared principles and values—among them democracy, equity and solidarity—co-ops are hardwired for economic and societal transformation. In a moment when corporations are scrambling to find an identity outside of maximizing shareholder value, that’s a meaningful difference.

Co-op Month is the perfect time for new Owners to join you in being a part of transforming our community through food. Take a minute to think about your friend circle. Who do you know who should be alongside you in this exciting moment. Reach out to a few friends to share this blog post with them:

5 Reasons to Join a Grocery Co-op


Help Shape Chicago Market's Future: Volunteer for Event Planning
It's the end of an era! For the past 4 years, our fearless and dedicated Events Coordinator, James Gignac, has led our Events team - but he is off on a well-deserved hiatus. With his departure, an exciting opportunity awaits as we seek one (or more) volunteers to step into the role of organizing events for Chicago Market. From events big (Art Week) to small (Thresholds Health Fair), we are looking to welcome new faces who are ready to take the helm in planning these events. Whether you want to wade in and organize one event — or jump in the deep end and take on the Events Coordinator role - let's chat! The Winter Walk on Wilson will be here before you know it and we're actively searching for someone to take the lead! So if you possess a passion for event planning and wish to contribute your time and talents to our vibrant community, reach out to Kate at [email protected] or fill out this survey HERE

And with that, a heartfelt thank you to James! If you've enjoyed an event at Chicago Market over the last few years, it's highly likely that James played a significant role in making it happen!

Uptown Farmers Market
Volunteers needed - Wednesday at 12:30pm and 2:15pm
We have just FOUR weeks left in the Uptown Farmers Market 2023 season and we're looking to finish up the season STRONG! We're on the lookout for volunteers to join us at two crucial time slots: 12:30 pm and 2:15 pm. At 12:30 pm, you'll be part of the setup crew – consider it a refreshing lunchtime workout. The 2:15 pm shift takes place during the market hours and calls for a friendly demeanor and a quick thumb to count attendees with a clicker as they stroll through the market. If you're available and ready to contribute, please reach out to us via email at [email protected] Your support makes all the difference!

Foodshed Champions

Foodshed Champions raises up the activists, advocates, and organizations in our foodshed who are making a difference. Learn more about them and support any way you can.

The Evolved Network
The Evolved Network was founded by Sebastian White and provides "experiential programming through culinary and gardening, equipping youth in systemically oppressed communities with transformative healing, skills, and support needed to evolve into masters of their unique gifts".

Plans call for a restaurant and garden where they will offer gardening and culinary training; therapeutic intervention; employment; and financial literacy education.

Their annual fundraiser, Eat & Evolve 2023, is October 16. Learn more and get tickets (or donate) here.

Follow along on the process of your store with this visual of our Timeline.
Here are the most recent progress steps:
  • Our Site Plan is complete.
  • The first of our permit applications has been submitted to the Department of Transportation to request our address be connected to our business.

Uptown Farmers Market Community Corner

Our farmers market celebrates organizations in our community by providing them a booth at our market. Be sure to visit them. Upcoming Community Corner participants are:

October 11 — Swedish Hospital
October 18 — Chicago Pet Club
October 25 — Cornerstone Community Outreach
November 1 — Alexis Zimmer State Farm


News from Our Business Owners

Collective Resource Compost Cooperative
We’re proud to report that we are a cooperative with 35 owners! This blogpost explains why we need you to become an owner. We appreciated the opportunity to talk with so many fellow Chicago Market Owners at the Annual Meeting.

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 its reliance on bank debt. 

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Not up for investing but want to help your Co-op financially?

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