Walking down the aisles at your local grocery, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of highly-processed, fatty, sugary and salty foods that fill the shelves. With growing national concern about where our food is coming from and if we can trust the “organic” and “good-for-you” labels you may be confused as to what can even eat! The Chicagoland area is bursting with many local, organic and seasonally grown food options that you feel good about eating! We’re showcasing three awesome ways to get some healthy and yummy foods on your dinner table tonight!
1) Food Cooperatives (Food Co-Ops)
Food Co-Ops are community organized food distribution outlets for membership pools. Members actively vote and discuss one the decisions for the purchase, production and/or distribution of food between themselves from healthy and trustworthy sources. Chicago is home to a number of food co-ops you can join today! Below are links to a few local food co-ops if you’re interested or would like to learn more!
2) Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA’s are an awesome way for you to interact directly with a farm and fresh crops without ever leaving your house! CSA’s are networks of people who pledge to support a local farm (or multiple!) Members pay a subscription fee at the start of the growing season for their own share in the harvest. When harvesting begins, members receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit right to their doorstep! It’s a great way to experiment with new vegetables you may not normally pick up in the grocery store! Here are a couple of CSA’s based in Chicago!
3) Farmers Markets
Farmer markets are probably the most common way you may think of to get healthy food in your local community. Bringing together farmers and consumers to purchase foods gives you a great opportunity to learn more about where your food comes from and begin to eat seasonally!
- Edible Alchemy
- Evanston Farmers Market
- Community Garden Map (Many community gardens also sell their harvest in a farmers market as well!
Rebekah Williams is a non-profit outreach intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Rebekah on Google+, on Twitter at @reb_williams, on Instagram @beksyall (which she’s addicted to) or Zealous Good on Facebook and on Twitter at @ZealousGood.