Hello From the Rogers Park Food Co-op! May 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.


Ownership Update

136 Owners!

Welcome to new owners Melvin Harris, Nancy Matson, Patricia Holdrege, Alphonsus Ntamere, and Steven Torres!

Help us reach our goal of 200 Owners by July 30th! Don't wait; become an owner today!

Once we have 200 Owners, we can commision our market and feasibility studies and move into the next stage of development!

Don't forget to like us of Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!



May Recap


Moah's Ark Plant Sale


Despite the cold, cloudy weather, Co-op Owner and hyper-local farmer Mo Cahil saw record turnout for her 4th annual plant sale. People from all over Chicago shared the bounty of heirloom tomato, cucumber, melon, pepper, and ornamental flower seedlings, while their children watched the chickens scratch for bugs.

The Rogers Park Food Co-op loves to work with local resources like Moah's Ark. Thank you to everyone who visited us at the farm, and a big thank you to Mo Cahill for letting us talk to her customers about the benefits of a local food co-op!

Waldorf School May Fair

Waldorf Maypole

Lin, Mary Roux and Pat staffed a table at the Waldorf May Fair on Saturday, May 14th.

It was wonderful to participate in such a festive event even though it was quite cold and windy. We had the opportunity to connect with many members of the Waldorf community and guests. The music and food were a treat as well as the beautiful flowers and wreaths.

Two new households became co-owners of the co-op, Patricia and Michael Holdredge and Nancy Matson.


Upcoming Events

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 Farmers Market. 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!


Artists of the Wall

Artists of the Wall

Free and Open to the Public

When: June 18th and 19th
Where: Loyola Beach Park

The Artists of the Wall Festival is a celebration of community, creativity, and music. Each year over Father’s Day weekend, neighbors of all ages come together to collaborate on a 700-foot mural at Loyola Park Beach at 6850 North, between Farwell and Morse Avenues. Coordinated by members of the Loyola Park Advisory Council, the festival has become an annual celebration that the Rogers Park community has come to love.

The Rogers Park Food Co-op will be taking part in the festival with painting a portion of the wall.

RSVP and Volunteer Shifts here: www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/artists_of_the_wall


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 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 co-op 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 www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/volunteer.


Thank You to Supporting Businesses


SP Kebab

SP Kebab

The international buffet that is the Rogers Park dining scene gets its vitality from the people who have come here from all over the world. One of the newer offerings is SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan Rd., (773) 856-3755. While growing up in Poland, Peter Pietranik ate the best doner kebab had had ever tasted in Bulgaria. Doner kebab is well known in Europe, although it seems to have originated in Turkey. Pietranik has now brought it to Rogers Park, one of the few places in Chicago you can get the real item. While it is similar to gyros, the spices, sauces, and vegetables of doner kebab are different. Co-op owners had a chance to sample the food of SP Kebab at our Annual Meeting. You can try it any day by visiting the storefront on Sheridan Road.

Smack Dab

Smack Dab

Christine Forster and Alex Erkenswick think what Rogers Park needs is more pastry—and more gluten-free and vegan pastry. They opened Smack Dab at 7006 N. Glenwood, (773) 575-0062, just over a year ago to uniformly rave reviews. It's a tiny operation that is only open for breakfast, but it is gaining an outsize reputation for quality food. Smack Dab donated huge quantities of beautiful and tasty mini-pastries (both gluten-free and not) for the March owners' meeting, and there weren't any leftovers!



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