Looking for locally grown food in Chicago? Look no further.

July 06, 2017

Looking for locally grown food in Chicago? Look no further.

Local, sustainable food is in demand as consumers want fresh, nourishing and environmentally-friendly eats. Three out of four Americans care that their food is grown locally. Illinois has some of the most fertile soils in the country – and Metropolitan Chicago’s GO TO 2040 plan emphasizes strengthening our region’s food systems.

Local in the store

The good news is local produce, meats and dairy products are popping up at grocery stores all over the Chicago area and at Wal-mart and Meijer stores across the state. Jewel-Osco proudly supports local farms and families with their produce buyers sourcing from nearby farms in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. In addition, Hy-Vee has a Homegrown program, which stocks local produce grown within a 200 mile radius of each store.

Local at the market

With dozens of neighborhood farmer’s markets and grocery stores supporting local farmers and producers in Chicago, you can find fresh and local food any day of the week. Because food is getting from the farm to table more quickly, less fossil fuel is burned with shorter transportation times – lowering the agricultural carbon footprint.

Local on your doorstep

Online services, such as Local Foods, offer groceries from local farmers and purveyors all over Chicago. In addition, Local Foods allows nearby farmers and butchers to come together to create a space for wholesale distribution, as well as a retail center and market for restaurants and chefs to purchase a variety of local grocery items.

Cultivating close relationships with Midwestern farmers and producers, has allowed the Green Grocer to support the local economy and offer fresh and delicious food. Customers can buy into produce and meat shares at Green Grocer and receive local produce and meats for weeks or months, whatever time frame they desire. Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Markets are popping up all over Chicagoland, too. These grocery stores source seasonal produce from over 50 local farms and buy direct from certified organic farmers and growers. Fresh Thyme prides itself on freshly picked, high quality fruits and vegetables.

So stop by the market, swing into the grocery store or click to buy your local goods and know that no matter where you choose to buy your food, you’re supporting a local farmer who is growing your food safely.

 

Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN

Vicki is a lifestyle nutrition expert, author of Total Body Diet for Dummies and culinary consultant who lives in Chicago with her husband, two children and a pet pug. She blogs at simplecravingsrealfood.com. 

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