MARCHing toward a location!

The cold winter months may force many people into hibernation mode, but our Board has been busy looking at locations throughout our target area. Negotiations are proceeding with some locations that show great potential, so stay tuned!

Remember that owners will be the first to hear the good news! The time to say you were an owner before you even knew where the store would be is rapidly running out, so make your support of Food Shed Co-op “official” and join us!

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National Co-op Month: Co-ops Commit

This month, we’re celebrating National Co-op Month along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses nationwide. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Co-ops Commit,” recognizing the way that cooperative businesses are committed to meeting the needs of their members and communities, rather than generating returns for distant corporations and investors. 


Cooperatives commit to their communities by working for sustainable development and economic independence. They generate jobs, keep profits local, and pay local taxes to help support community services. Most of the profits generated by co-ops are either reinvested in the cooperative or returned to their owners. Those dollars recirculate close to home, helping to strengthen the local economy.


Cooperatives also commit to building trust between the co-op, its members, and the community. All co-ops are united by and strive to adhere to seven key cooperative principles. Once principle, Democratic Member Control, means owners have a voice in the cooperative’s policies and decisions. Another principle, Concern for Community, means co-ops give back by making charitable contributions to community efforts, by providing educational opportunities to their community, and by encouraging their employees’ involvement in local organizations.


When you consider all the ways co-ops are committed to their communities, isn’t it time you committed to the co-op in your community? For a ONE-time investment of $200 or by beginning installment plan of $21 per month, you can be a Founding Owner of Food Shed Co-op, committed to making sure we open our doors sooner rather than later!






Join us for a Pumpkin Party!

Our owners are meeting up for some festive fall fun at Terre Vitae Farms! As a friend of Food Shed, you’re invited, too! Join us this Sunday, October 22, for a family-friendly event, where we’ll paint pumpkins, enjoy snacks, and have a “pumpkin chuckin’” contest. (The farm's pigs  will be munching on our cracked pumpkins!) This is a great opportunity to get to know some of Food Shed’s owners and check out our community. Pumpkins and painting supplies will be provided — RSVP so we can plan ahead.




DIY Kombucha Workshop

Are you crazy about kombucha? This popular health tonic can be found in almost every grocery store these days. But did you know you can easily brew it at home for a fraction of the cost? Join us on Sunday, November 5, at Conscious Cup in Crystal Lake, where owner Andrea Pracht will show you everything you need to know and send you home with resources and your own SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) to start your first batch. (Check out Andrea’s website, My Kitchen Clatter, for lots of tips and recipes for cooking with whole foods and information about other classes she teaches.) Space is limited, and only a few tickets are left, so purchase your tickets today!
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Local Matters!


Have you noticed that a lot of grocers out there are starting to label some of their food as local? Customers are demanding more local food because they know that buying local keeps money in their community and ensures they are getting more fresh, high-quality food for their families. 

Or does it?

To promote sales, stores are quick to label their food in response to customer demand . But while lots of traditional grocers feature a few local products, a closer look often reveals that their definition of ”local” actually means “regional” or isn’t defined at all! So that local zucchini you’re eyeing in your grocery store might actually be from a few counties (or states!) away.

No other grocery model provides access to local food as well or as efficiently as a food co-op. Compared to traditional grocers, co-ops source more than three times as many of the products they sell from local farmers and food artisans. Food Shed Co-op will provide year-round access to TRULY local, sustainable food with transparent labelling so that you can make informed decisions about what you buy. We predict that from the moment we open our doors, our store will offer products from 30 to 50 local food producers, and our local offerings will only grow from there.

As a co-op, we rely on like-minded community members like YOU who are interested in bringing this type of grocery store to McHenry County.   Our store is a powerful  vision that almost 600 owners have committed to making a reality. People who become owners BEFORE the store opens are truly special because they are the visionaries who ensure that our co-op will become a reality. 

We need more of these visionaries to step up to bring a different type of business to our community! For a ONE-time investment of $200 or beginning installment plan of $21 per month, you can be one of the visionary owners who makes our store open sooner rather than later.



Annual Meeting - Owners Only!

Jump on board as an owner this month so you can join us for our annual meeting at McHenry County College on September 18th! As an owner, you’ll be able to vote for the board members who represent you, and on important amendments to our bylaws. You’ll also enjoy socializing with other owners and hearing important updates about our future plans and site search.


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