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Dill Pickle Food Co-op Storefront Set to Open in Chicago

Hark, midwestern city-dwellers of Chicago! It gives me great pleasure to announce the imminent storefront opening of the Dill Pickle Food Co-op here in our fair city-by-the-lake. The co-op has been gestating just below the surface of Logan Square for more than five years and will finally see its first customers walk through the door at 3039 W. Fullerton near the beginning of November. This event will mark the culmination of extraordinary efforts and coordination amongst neighbors and community allies to create a locally-sourced food shopping solution funded by residents who care about the quality and integrity of the food they eat. It will also serve as the only community-owned co-op in Chicago, which is an astonishing feat considering how many liberal communist fascist hippies live here (we gave the world Obama, after all).

The creation of this neighborhood co-op and its gradual snowball of success is testament to the power of two principles: knowing and caring about where your food comes from and voicing your consumer choices by voting with your dollars. Dill Pickle’s existence is the result of enough people banding together and agreeing that they care about their groceries and would rather have their money prop up local farms and ethical food producers than continue to fund companies completely divorced from their community and the values they’ve placed on food production.

I’m going to keep this post short because I mostly wanted to share the news and hopefully send a few interested folks to Dill Pickle’s website, where you can sign up for a membership, learn more about the concept of a co-op, or see what kind of delicious products will be stocked on the shelves of the store in the near future. I also know that there is far more to say about food production, voting with dollars, and investing money in local communities than can be captured in this post and at this moment. Expect more on those topics as I continue to process some of my recent reads (The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Life Inc.) and a couple of recent films (Food, Inc.; the soon-to-be-viewed Capitalism: A Love Story).

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  1. Allison
    10.3.09

    Allison

    This is exciting! My only selfish wish is that it had have opened before I left the neighborhood! I shopped at co-ops in two of my previous cities, both much smaller than Chicago, so it’s really surprising that this will be the very first one here.

    On a related note, I just so happened to catch a Michael Pollan seminar on TV tonight. Totally random. It’s been enlightening so far though, so I dug up the web version to post here! http://fora.tv/2009/05/05/Michael_Pollan_Deep_Agriculture

  2. Chris
    10.8.09

    Chris

    I should mention that it’s not technically the first co-op in Chicago, but it does have the distinction of being the first co-op that is entirely member-owned. Thanks for passing on the Michael Pollan link – I’ll have to have a watch this weekend!

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