Potential Food Coop in Evanston

August 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Interested in food coops? Some folks in Evanston our thinking about launching one there. On August 27, some people are going to discuss

Evanston Food Policy Council Meeting
Community Potluck and Evanston Food Policy Council Conversation:
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Drinks and dessert provided by Wild Tree Cafe
(1100 Davis St., at Oak)

Building a Food Co-op in Evanston:  From the Ground up

Ivy Boyer, Wild Tree Cafe proprietor, is spearheading the idea of a new food co-op and already has a working committee starting to figure out the right model.   The overall goal would be to bring locally produced, affordable foods to Evanston while also creating a community to implement and sustain such a food venue.

To help the co-op committee quickly get to the right model, we have invited three experts to share their experiences on co-ops and buying clubs and making access to locally produced foods practical.

Featured guests:

Suzanne Keers, Treasruer – Dill Pickle Co-op and Co-Founder, Local First Chicago

Rob Gardner – Editor-at-large, The Local Beet (www.thelocalbeet.com)

Scott Althoff – Vice President, Logan Square Food Buying Club

Potluck begins at 6:30.  Bring an entree or appetizer (to serve 8-10).

Drinks provided by the Wild Tree Cafe.

Conversation starts at 7:00 PM.
Everyone invited to the potluck and/or conversation!



  1. Sounds great! Just to clarify, the meeting is at the Wild Tree Cafe? Thanks!

  2. Tim says:

    Naturally the meeting is at the WT Cafe.
    Have you talked with the people involved in the Food Co-op that’s been in Evanston for many years?



  3. This is great news. I already provide organic woolen bedding to Healthy Green Goods in Evanston and also have pasture grazed lamb for wholesale if the store is needing a lamb meat source. Please keep me informed of your progress. It is great to hear more locally sourced foods are coming into the Chicago area. Good Luck. If I can be of any assistance let me know. Suellen

  4. Stephanie Sommers says:

    Hello, I would love to be a part of a food cooperative. If there is more information about organizing one that can fully substitute for Whole Foods (*#@%!), that would be a dream. I used to be in an ordering coop in Chicago and may be of some help. I look forward to further contact. Thanks, Stephanie

  5. Paul says:

    What was the result. Can anyone post a synopsis of the meeting, or what thoughts or plans occurred?

  6. Caryl Pearson says:

    I am SO interested. Please keep me informed. Tks. Also, meeting notes would be appreciated.

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