Hello From the Rogers Park Food Co-op! July 2016


Rogers Park Food Co-op


Rogers Park Food Co-op


An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.

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Ownership Update

155 Owners!


Welcome to new owners Gina Carpenter, Sue Lannin, John McElwee, Mary O'Connell, Ann Nichols, Marilyn Mikell, Alex Narrajos, Mitchel Duval, Eve Brownstone, and Dan Sullivan!

Once we have 200 Owners, we can commission our market and feasibility studies and move into the next stage of development! Don't wait; become an owner today!

Don't forget to like us on Facebook as well as our other social media presense! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!




July Recap


CDS Consulting Co-op Training

CDS Logo

Due to the incredible number of new and upcoming food co-ops in the midwest, CDI Consulting Co-op decided to host a Coopertive Board Leadership seminar in Chicago for the first time. On July 9th, the Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op met with other co-op Board members and leaders at the beautiful Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Hermosa to learn about the opportunities and challenges that face food co-ops in 2016.

Celebrate Clark Street

Celebrate Clark Street

On July 16 and 17th, the Rogers Park Food Co-op joined our neighbors to celebrate the awesome cultural diversity of Rogers Park at the 2016 Celebrate Clark Street Festival.

Our volunteers shared their excitement about the Co-op with the community while getting to hear some great musical acts such as Krar Collective, Gaby Moreno, and Chicago Afrobeat Project and enjoying some fantastic food from various local restaurants, including Badou Senegalese and the new Birrieria Y Carnitas El Gallito.

A Just Harvest Festival

A Just Harvest

A just cause has always started from love. It's that simple, love. What A Just Harvest has been striving for all of these years stems from a love of one's fellow humans. This past weekend's festival was a reflection of that in its fullest. Despite the heat and humidity, the mood was joyous and friendly, and yes, even loving.

The Rogers Park Food Co-Op was a part of this, and proudly so. We were there to answer questions, and questions were asked. This is how it starts, from the ground up, one step at a time. As volunteers we're each of us a part of this greater dream we want to make real. It will happen, we're on our way.

The Just Harvest festival was time well spent. It's always good to be in close proximity to a righteous cause, we're doing well to be so close to one as righteous as this.


Upcoming Events


Wine and Cheese at Shelby's


When: Sunday, August 7th at 4pm
Where: 1815 W Farwell

I, Shelby Hatch, have never belonged to a food co-op before or even lived anywhere that had a food co-op, but I quickly became an owner-member (#35!) when I first heard about the Rogers Park Food Co-op (RPFC) almost a year and a half ago. I’ve been somewhat of a lurker since then. Sure, I volunteered at an event, my partner Ann-Louise Haak and I hosted a Coffee last September (and recruited two more member-owners!), and the RPFC “office” is in our garage, but, for the most part, we’ve been sitting back.

Several weeks ago, I was asked if I would be interested in attending the “Illinois Food Co-op Start-Up Day” hosted by the Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana, and co-sponsored by the Food Co-op Initiative (FCI). I have to admit that I was on the fence. It’s a long drive, it was a beautiful Saturday in July, and I’d be spending a lot of one-on-one time with another RPFC member (& I.T. guru), Hank Rouse, who I didn’t know very well. But I went – we went! And I was inspired – but also discouraged. Why do other start-ups have so many more member-owners than we do, even though they haven’t been at it as long as we have? No fair! But Jacqueline Co-op Hannah of FCI  reminded me—and everyone in the room—that RPFC is trying to do something that really hasn’t been done before: start a co-op in a diverse community with all of the members of that community. So how do we do that? There was so much good information from FCI, and so many great ideas we could steal from other start-ups, that my head almost exploded and my hand almost fell off as I frantically tried to write everything down. But what’s the good of all of that information if it just stays with Hank and me?

I want to share this great information and all of these fabulous ideas with all of you—you who are already member-owners, who may be more or less involved; you who are volunteers; you who are not yet member-owners, but are thinking about it. Come by our house (1815 W. Farwell) at 4PM on Sunday, August 7 for Cocktails and Conversation about the Co-op. Ann-Louise and I can’t wait to see you – and if you’re one of the first 20 people to RSVP, your name will be entered in a raffle for a First Slice Pie Cafe cherry pie. Must be present to win, so we hope to see all of you here!

Please RSVP here 


"3st" Annual Rogers Pork

Rogers Pork

When: Saturday, August 27th, noon to 10pm
Where: Jarvis Avenue between Greenview and Ashland

The Rogers Park Food Co-op Co-op will have a tent at the 2016 Rogers Pork. Help us spread the word about how the Co-op can help our local farmers and Community.

Rogers Park Food Co-op will also be participating in collecting school supplies for Gale Academy and Kilmer Elementary School.

From http://rpublichouse.com/rogers-pork-barbecue-arts-music-festival:

The North Side’s PREMIER barbecue festival has expanded this year to include Jarvis Avenue between Greenview and Ashland, in the most beautiful and diverse coastal neighborhood in the country, Rogers Park, Chicago.
A portion of proceeds will benefit the Youth Empowerment Performance Project. The mission of YEPP is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance.

Farmer's Markets

Farmers Market

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Outdoor Farmers Market Season!

Look for the Rogers Park Food Co-op outside of the Glenwood Sunday Market, or at a tent in the Loyola Monday Farmers Market, or even the Edgewater Farmers Market on Saturdays. Volunteers will be there to talk about the Co-op and what we will provide to the community.

For updated information about when the Co-op will be attending the farmers markets, please visit our Facebook Page.

Want to help the Co-op while spending time outside? Sign up to volunteer at the Farmers Markets!




Host Your Own "Coffee with the Co-op"


The Rogers Park Food Co-op needs the help of all of our supporters to reach our goals. Hosting a meeting in your home is a great way to generate interest in the co-op vision!

Your event doesn't even need to include coffee! You could host a wine and cheese tasting, or a pot-luck

The Rogers Park Food Co-op will provide you with informational materials, as well as coffee from Equal Exchange. A member of the Co-op Board will assist as a presenter as well.

Coffee Mug

Volunteers Needed!


Are you looking for a great way to support the Rogers Park Food Co-op? We need your help!

The success of Rogers Park Food Co-op depends on generous volunteers to move the Co-op forward. Are you a designer? Great at data-entry? Love talking to people? We need your skills!

Build your resume by contributing your talents and skills and developing some new ones. Become part of the developing community of people who are building the co-op.

Meet and engage with your neighbors to create an amazing food co-operative in our community. Learn about food, the food system and the local food system we are creating by partnering with our local farmers. Have fun while doing all of this amazing work.

Want to help? Visit http://volunteer-rogersparkfoodcoop.nationbuilder.com/become_a_volunteer.



Committee Spotlight

Events Committee

Harvest Fest

The Events Committee of the Co-op is always busy planning and executing fun and exciting activities for the Rogers Park community. We have held events such as a wine tasting and a film screening in the past, and we are the ones who bring to life the Co-op's Annual Meeting each year. The big plan for the coming year is to organize a series of chef demonstration and tasting events based around some of the many cuisines found in our neighborhood. We plan to bring you entertaining, interactive, and flavorful evenings to learn about a new cuisine or to celebrate your own.

Events always require many Volunteers, from the people who brainstorm ideas through, the planners who execute those ideas, to the people who show up early to set up for an event and stay late to put everything away. If helping to plan and execute Events is something you enjoy, consider joining the Events Committee!

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Thank You to Supporting Businesses


R Public House

R Public House

R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis, is your average Rogers Park gastropub—except that owner Renee Labrana has strong community ties and a community-driven mission. Fundraisers at the Jarvis Square fixture are a regular occurrence, supporting everything from rock musicians at Sullivan High School to the Flint Kids' Water Crisis Fund. So, it's no surprise that R Public House was a big donor of food to the Rogers Park Food Co-op's Annual Meeting in March. And there wasn't a scrap of their thin-crust pizza left over, either! Stop by and sample their food and their beverages. .

Quesadilla La Reina del Sur

Quesadilla La Reina del Sur

Quesadilla La Reina del Sur, 1418 Howard St., is a newcomer to Rogers Park, having opened on Howard St. in 2015. It serves authentic Mexican food that is all vegetarian, with vegan options. Even reviews by meat-lovers are enthusiastic about their cooking. The potatoes with Mexican (soy) sausage they sent to the RPFC Annual Meeting was certainly a hit. Whether you are in Rogers Park or near their first location in Logan Square, be sure to stop in and try their food or something from the juice bar.



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