Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Jerry Nash

  • published PFC Presents Ask A Chef with Culinary Confidante in News 2020-03-31 20:44:30 -0500

    PFC Presents Ask A Chef with Culinary Confidante

    Check out the Prairie Food Co-op Ask a Chef with Culinary Confidante Series where Chef Crystal takes on a different topic every Tuesday at 2pm on Facebook live. Whether it be talking about pantry ingredients, spices, or ingredient substitution Chef Crystal will have you covered and she also answers your questions. These videos are fun and informative, so if you want to catch the live show just make sure you "like" Prairie Food Co-op" or Culinary Confidante on Facebook (actually we recommend both) and be on Facebook at 2pm every Tuesday and a live video notification will appear in the left corner of your screen and we'll "see" you there!


    March 31 2020

    Ask A Chef: Spices with Culinary Confidante

    Watch Crystal of Culinary Confidante walk through her spice cabinet and discuss what to do with certain spices as well as which spices to regularly keep on hand. This was very fun and very informative. We also got to witness Crystal deal with a potential disaster like a pro. Come for the information, stay for the fun!











  • published PFC Virtual Farmers Market in News 2020-03-27 17:30:01 -0500

    PFC Virtual Farmers Market

    Welcome to the PFC Virtual Farmers Market, a registry of our local farms, CSAs, artisans, and small businesses. These are the producers and vendors that PFC will want to provide a marketplace for when we are open and these are the types of businesses you would likely see at a farmers market. Please support these businesses since their business models are affected by social distancing and they need the support of their community more than ever, especially with market season approaching.

    If you are one of these businesses please fill this out, or if you know of a one that belongs here please send them a link to this page so they can enter their info.


  • Healthy Meal Planning with Culinary Confidante

    Eating healthy, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food is important throughout the whole year- not just the beginning. Anytime is always a great time to incorporate new habits that will keep you organized as you plan your meals.

    So join Prairie Food Co-op and Culinary Confidante for a Healthy Meal Planning Workshop to help achieve your meal planning & cooking goals!

    Crystal Echevarria, owner and private chef of Culinary Confidante, will teach you how to plan nutritionally balanced meals based on the foods that you eat and develop a full week's menu. She'll review best practices for efficiently utilizing what's in your pantry and refrigerator and share ingredient shopping list tips.

    This is not a cooking class but an educational meal planning workshop. No craft or meal planning experience required. We ask that you come prepared by filling out a small survey about the foods you like to eat that we'll send to you upon your RSVP. 

    So RSVP today and we'll see you there!

    April 06, 2020 at 7pm
    Helen Plum Library
    110 W Maple St
    Lombard, IL 60148
    United States
    Google map and directions
    30 rsvps sold out

  • published 1100 By Up & Coming, Up & Running 2020 in News 2020-02-17 17:39:49 -0600

    1100 By Up & Coming, Up & Running 2020

    It’s that time of year again! We at PFC are gearing up for Up & Coming, Up & Running (UCUR) 2020. UCUR is the biggest food co-op conference of the year where thousands of food co-op organizers meet to learn about how other food co-ops around the nation are improving and innovating ways to get their own co-ops open. This will be our 6th year in a row!

    Every year at the beginning of the conference all of the food co-ops take turns talking about various aspects of their co-ops like what stage they’re in, what important developments occurred in the last year, and of course, how many Owners they have. We would love to say that we’re at 1100 Owners but are just a few Owners short. We’ve had a recent uptick in new PFC Owners and would love to continue that uptick to reach and surpass 1100 Owners in February!

    Would you help us reach our 1100 goal by becoming a PFC Owner today?

    PFC Ownership costs just a one-time fee of $200. That’s one-time with no annual fees, For this not only will you get certain perks and discounts (when the store is open) and free or reduced discounts on all of our workshops (a perk you can use now!), but you’ll also have the pride of supporting a store that will focus on stocking as much healthy, clean, locally grown and produced food as possible. By focusing on local food we will be supporting more local farmers and small, family owned businesses which will help them succeed and keep more money HERE in our community.

    It’s WIN/WIN/WIN!

    Please consider PFC Ownership today to give us bragging rights at UCUR 2020!

  • PFC's December To Remember Particpating Local Businesses




      Rosemary and Jeans is a fresh, casual restaurant. This beautiful white house on Main Street is the perfect place for families to gather for an affordable, scratch made meal. With a subtle nod to their Northern Italian family, simple pastas, fresh salads and classic entrees- complimented with some American favorites- will please each generation of your family.


      Babcock's Grove House is an intimate Lombardian-family-owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of downtown Lombard, IL. Babcock's offers a hybrid service style, quick counter service by day, relaxed full service at night. All menu items are made from scratch daily using primarily local, seasonal ingredients. 


    Fringe A Boutique Salon is a family of hair specialists who are passionate professionals committed to delivering the finest salon experience in our chic, soothing space. Fringe is located in downtown Lombard, yet with a ‘City’ Salon feel.

      Ruff Life is a family-owned all-natural pet supply shop committed to serving their community by providing the highest quality food & treats around. Their edibles will always be free from wheat, corn, soy & by-products so you can give the best to your best friend.


       Pick one of 3 wines (Californina Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Syrah, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc). All wines  are crafted by Michelle Coppedge, PFC Owner and Lombardian, from award winning vineyard wine kits. The fun name of Wubby Wine is an ode to her love of dogs, particularly her previous Pug Stubby, aka Wubby. We hope you can enjoy these delicious wines over the holidays!


       Marche, located at 496 Main St. in Glen Ellyn, offers cheese, charcuterie, wines, craft beers, spirits and a distinctive array of complements. There are cheese plates, sandwiches and lunch boxes to eat in, share or take home; and artfully arranged cheese and charcuterie boards for parties and special occasions. 

    Alter Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located in Downers Grove, IL.  Alter welcomes all people interested in unique craft beers and its vibrant culture to come and share the experience with others who share your passion for delicious beer, amazing company, music and of course… fun.


    Righteous Kitchen believes that a great meal, like great Rock & Roll, should make you pump your fist and raise your lights too. They want you to experience the flavors, the excitement, the smells of a positively righteous meal prepared fresh each day just for you! 


    Yoga & Ayurveda is a local community based studio that is grounded in the traditional 8 limb path of yoga. Their teachers teach their own style and create their own sequences. They offer Vinyasa, Prenatal, Iyengar, Therapeutic, 50+, evening and early morning classes.


    MORE Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Villa Park that specializes in NE style ales, sours and stouts as well as offering a full menu of unique and delicious appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entree items. 


    Brewpoint Coffee not only provides freshly roasted coffee & pastries but they are a company that creates and empowers authentic community spaces through their coffee. 


    Paradiso encourages effortless style, a memorable experience and a brand to bond all types of women together. Paradiso is a place to shop versatile, affordable fashions for all walks of life and gifts for the women who inspire you the most. Their mission is for you to be able to embrace your inner beauty and connect the joy of style to your authentic self.




  • donated via 2019-07-03 15:48:03 -0500

    Your Donation Accelerates Our Progress

    Help cover the costs of yard signs and the ongoing organizing and development work of the co-op.

    Please give what you can to help make this important project a reality.



  • wants to volunteer 2019-06-14 14:59:24 -0500

    Order a Yard Sign

    Show your Owner pride with a yard sign and pique the curiosity of your neighbors.

    You can be one short conversation away from recruiting another Owner!

    We would like to see a sign in every yard, so we are gladly giving yard signs to every willing Owner. Each sign costs us about $10 to produce, so please consider making a donation on the next screen to help alleviate the cost to the co-op. However, if you can't pitch in right now, that's OK too. The important thing is helping us spread the Prairie Food word. 

    Enter your address below and we will get a sign to your yard usually within a week! 

    Become a volunteer

  • published Volunteer in Get Involved 2018-04-16 13:26:16 -0500


    The more volunteers we have out front and behind the scenes, the faster we reach our upcoming milestones like securing our store location, beginning our capital campaign, and opening our doors! 

    Here are some current volunteer opportunities:

    • Tablers – One of the most fun ways to grow our owner ranks, you’ll stand behind our table with a seasoned tabler at a farmers markets, info sessions, or other events. You'll be talking to potential PFC Owners about why they need to join the PFC family and current Owners about our current news and plans. 
    • Event Organizers – We need folks who'd like to help organize events – from securing venues to coordinating day-of details.
    • Co-op Ambassadors – Reach out to businesses, nonprofits, community groups, town leaders, and existing owners. Find out where we can host a table at an event, farmers market, or appear at a Co-op house party.
    • Teach a Class – Do you have a skill or talent to share? Maybe you have gardening expertise, amazing canning skillz, maybe you're a fermenting genius, or are knowledgable about another DIY activity? We make it fun and easy to share your knowledge with our community! 
    • Spreadsheet, CMR, or other organizational tech skills – If you know Google Drive or have worked with CRM tools like Nationbuilder, Salesforce or others, we can use your talents!
    • Web & Graphic Design  –  Our website and visual promos are always in need of updating. Please let us know if this is your thing!
    • Hustling (the good kind) - Maybe you'd just like to hand out some brochures or somewhere for a few hours or commit to a task that isn't so involved. We have many tasks that don't take much of time commitment that could fit into your schedule. 

    To get started, please fill out our Volunteer Form. This is a painless and easy way to help us decide the best way you can help YOUR community Owned grocery store. Don't worry, if you'd like to branch out of your comfort zone, we'll work with you. 

    If you'd like to just cut to the chase you can email our Outreach Coordinator, Jerry at

    This is hard work, but it's fun! Join the fun by volunteering today!









  • signed Site Petition 2018-02-01 22:42:31 -0600

    Sign Now! Bring PFC to Downtown Lombard

    We are thrilled to announce that we are pursuing the development opportunity at 101 - 109 S. Main St. in Lombard. We will soon submit our proposal to the Village of Lombard to secure this location in partnership with a local development firm. Our proposal is in response to the Village's request for proposal (RFP) for the site.


    We love this location for its unique history, accessibility, proximity to the downtown corridor, and its ability to deliver on our mission to create a local, sustainable and connected food community. After completing two separate professional market studies and reviewing alternate sites, we also know this location is the best performing option for Prairie Food Co-op.


    Please sign your name to our petition of community support. We need our Owners and entire community rallying to make this future home a possibility. Share this link with your family and friends, neighborhood groups, trustees, and favorite local businesses.


    Prairie Food Co-op started as a community conversation to bring a cooperatively owned grocery store to DuPage County and has grown into a thriving organization of 750+ owners working together to open a brick-and-mortar marketplace for locally grown food and products. PFC will not only bring quality food to our tables but will provide fair paying jobs, focus on sustainable practices, and drive business within the local economy.  Thank you for your continued support as we begin this exciting chapter in our story!


    For more information, we invite you to join our public community gatherings and watch our website and Facebook pages for additional details. To connect with us, email

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  • signed up on Canvas Your Community 2018-04-13 15:58:43 -0500

    Canvas Your Community

    PFC_DoorHanger_V2_(1)-2.jpgAs the weather warms up we want to spread the Prairie Food Co-op mission to as many households in our community and we need all hands (and feet) on deck!

    We need your help distributing Prairie Food Co-op door hangers to as many houses in the Lombard and surrounding Lombard area as possible. All this requires is a little light cardio and the ability to follow a pre-selected map we will provide for you. No knocking on doors, no talking to anyone, and no selling.

    You can pick your own neighborhood or another neighborhood, it's up to you. You can also pick your own time commitment. One hour on a Tuesday afternoon, or three hours on Thursday morning. You can also bring a friend if you'd like. 

    All you have to do is sign up and we'll contact you soon with details. This is a great opportunity to help us out if you have limited time and can only volunteer sporadically. 

    Please leave your name, email, and mobile number and we'll get ahold of you just as soon as we get the door hangs printed. 


    Sign up

  • published What's In Store for Prairie Food Co-op in News 2016-08-10 11:47:38 -0500

    What's In Store for Prairie Food Co-op

    A committed group of volunteers have been working to build Prairie Food Co-op since mid-2012. It takes, on average, 5-6 years to open a food co-op and we are on track to open within that timeframe. Along the way, we have received many accolades, including a competitive $10K grant based on the strength of our organization and leadership. We recently visited our mentor co-op, Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, and were reminded of why we are doing this. Here we will share why we are working hard to open Prairie Food Co-op - a grocery store that is so much more!

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