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Pickle People, mark yer calendars! The 5th anniversary of the Dill Pickle Food Co-op is fast approaching, and to celebrate, we'll convene on the evening of Thursday, December 4th, 8:30-11pm at Cafe Mustache for music, merriment, memory-making, and pickled vegetables of all sorts. Be there or be a cucumber!
As we gather all the season's fixings -- cranberries, pumkin pie, stuffing -- we're surrounded by local abundance for which to give thanks, but the biggest thanks goes to YOU, our owners and neighbors. Your continued dedication to good, fair food and cooperative values is what makes the Dill Pickle such a vibrant and thriving co-op community.
Wednesday 11/26: Open til 10pm for last-minute necessities.
Thursday 11/27: CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day with family & friends.
Friday 11/28: Normal hours resume, 9am-9pm.
Amber Zook, Dill Pickle's produce lead, recently visited Arturo Velasquez Institute on the city's near-west side to speak with students enrolled in Windy City Harvest's sustainable urban agriculture apprenticeship program about working with local farmers and marketing produce to regional buyers. The Dill Pickle prioritizes local produce works with WCH to source seasonally from their small farms across the city.
The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program is offered in collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago, annually enrolling 20 students in a nine-month classroom and hands-on certificate course in sustainable urban agriculture. The accreditation attracts a diverse group of students: career changers, young adults with a history of incarceration, and those with significant barriers to employment, and includes a 14-week paid internship at Windy City Harvest farms or partnering urban-farming operations. The Dill Pickle is proud to support this program!
Wednesday 10/22, 7-10pm at Jak's Tap. Check out the event page!
In celebration of Co-op Month, The Pickle has teamed up with six emerging Chicagoland food cooperatives to present an evening of movement-building -- Join us for a screening of Food For Change, engage in a panel discussion, and enjoy drinks, popcorn, and good company.
Presented by Chicagland food cooperatives:
- Sugar Beet Co-op, Oak Park
- Chicago Market
- Shared Harvest-Elgin Food Cooperative
- Prairie Food Co-op, Lombar
- Rogers Park Food Co-op
- Edible Alchemy, Pilsen
About the film:
Food For Change, a feature-length documentary, tells the story of the co-op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-op leaders and historians. Filmmaker Steve Alves tracks the movement’s quest for whole and organic foods and the dream of sustainable food systems, describing his work as “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.”
IT'S A BIG DILL!
Cooperators, our movement is growing. In just over a month, 89 of our neighbors have responded to the call for community ownership by joining the co-op-- more than six times the number we'd typically see in that timeframe, bringing us to over 1425+ active owner accounts! This additional equity, new energy, and growing support will bolster our efforts to build a more just and sustainable food system, driven by an expanded store.