Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Jerry Nash

  • published The $750K Rep. Sean Casten Grant is Now OFFICIAL! in News 2023-01-04 19:30:33 -0600

    The $750K Rep. Sean Casten Grant is Now OFFICIAL!

    We are starting the year on a high note by announcing that we have OFFICIALLY been awarded the $750K grant secured by Rep. Sean Casten earlier in the year! The grant was passed in a year-end funding bill and signed by the President (wow!) last week. This is in addition to the $807K grant we received last summer from the state of Illinois.

    We want to expressly thank Rep. Sean Casten for recognizing the immense benefits that Prairie Food Co-op will bring to our community. He advocated for PFC by approving the grant we submitted last year and including it in his funding requests for the year-end appropriations bill. 

    We are especially grateful because this grant was extremely competitive. Prairie Food Co-op was selected due to our strong prospect for success and diligent financial and business planning. 


    This is significant news that puts us in a strong financial position to commit to a site and begin building OUR community grocery store. In fact we are on the verge of sharing some very significant news to our community in just a few weeks!

    However, we want to make it clear that the Prairie Food Co-op board is ever-striving to put our co-op on as solid financial foundation as possible and we will continue to seek funding opportunities through county, state and federal grants as well as more financial support from our village through grants, tax incentives, and other opportunities. 

    Since the COVID pandemic, opening and operating a business has become increasingly challenging. Equipment delays or unavailability due to lingering supply chain issues coupled with massive increases in the cost of equipment, construction, and labor is the current reality not only for PFC, but all businesses operating in a post-pandemic economy. Thus the PFC board continues to be diligent about our finances and planning. As such, we will continue to look for ways to reduce upfront costs to ensure long-lasting financial success.

    Our goal is for Prairie Food Co-op to serve the community for decades to come; providing good jobs, a community gathering place, and to accomplish our mission to provide a marketplace to local farmers and food producers.

    It’s about to happen. Stay tuned for some exciting news we’ll be sharing at the end of January.

    Celebrate This Great News By Becoming a PFC Owner Today!

    Prairie Food Co-op Ownership is just a ONE-TIME $200 fee for which you will receive perks and discounts when PFC is open and the right to run for the board and vote for the board. But there is so much more that your Ownership does!

    This is your chance to help fund the store that will:

    • Expand access to safe, healthy, and sustainable foods that are transparently labeled, ethically sourced, and accessible to all
    • Support 150+ local farmers & food producers
    • Encourage sustainable practices to reduce energy consumption, pollution, contamination and our carbon footprint
    • Create more than 35 local jobs that pay fair wages
    • Capture $5M that would otherwise leave our county or state
    • Generate $8M in local economic activity annually

  • published The Journey To Opening Our Store in News 2023-01-02 14:07:29 -0600

    The Journey To Opening Our Store


    One of the topics most often brought up in conversations with PFC Owners and other community members is the location of our store, and the process behind this major milestone in our journey to opening.

    Much has happened behind the scenes in the time leading up to the site search, during the search itself and upon identifying a location of interest. So we're taking this opportunity to share some insight into our progress so far, as well as update you on what's left to be done. We will be diving into detail on each of these steps over the next few newsletters, so make sure you're coming back for more! 

    Recruited 1600+ Owners (and Growing!)

    The first step that every food co-op must take in their pathway to opening a community-owned grocery store is to establish community support. Just over 10 years ago, this is what the PFC founders did by putting out the word on social media, attending local farmers markets, and holding an initial organizing meeting. This meeting, along with continued outreach, produced the first wave of support which resulted in a fully seated board, and early iterations of the Outreach and Finance committees, and resulted in over 100 PFC Owners in one month when we first offered Ownership shares. 

    This "first wave" of PFC supporters recruited their friends and family, placed PFC yard signs that recruited still others, and spread the PFC word through word of mouth. The PFC Ownership and Outreach committee (the O&O) planned and partnered with others to host events to establish PFC in the community and meet even more likeminded individuals. Volunteers represented PFC at local farmer's markets and events hosted by organizations with similar values, and worked on keeping our connections updated via social media posts while growing our newsletter list.  Over time, we've found ourselves where we're at current day - nearing 1700 PFC Owners! 

    Join Your Friends and Neighbors by Becoming a PFC Owner Today!
    This strong community support has been vital in our past success and, like all other food co-ops, we will always be recruiting new Owners to insure OUR store represents ALL of our community into the future! 


    Raised $3.2 Million from our Community

    It's expensive to open a full-service grocery store in DuPage County, especially now with current construction and equipment costs, as well as significant delays and supply chain issues. To be sure that we have more than enough capital to open our store and sustain ourselves until profitability, our Community Investment Program (CIP) committee was tasked with calling on our Owners to further invest in their commitments to our store.

    Our CIP call team spent thousands of hours reach out to PFC Owners and community organizations to raise enough capital to fund the securing of a site and the building of OUR store. Through various-levels of investment, we were able to secure over $3.2M towards this goal. We may not have hit our original goal, but we raised an impressive amount that will set us up for success at a store site that meets PFC's  criteria for success!

    Identified Viable Sites Across Lombard & Surrounding Communities

    We've received a lot of ideas from the community about sites we should consider for the future location of PFC (and we've talked about why some of these would or wouldn't work). There are a lot of prerequisites that a site must check off the list before we can seriously consider it for the permanent home of Prairie Food Co-op. Our Site Search committee and PFC Board have taken all of these and more into consideration while evaluating a number of sites in Lombard and the surrounding area.

    To set PFC up for the maximum potential for success, PFC has commissioned over 5 market studies conducted by industry professionals to help access viability of a handful of potential sites. In addition, PFC volunteers and board members have attended hundreds of meetings working with area landlords, real estate agents, brokers, architects, attorneys, and industry consultants to identify viable sites for OUR community owned grocery store- including the very one we hope to be calling home! (Stay tuned for an exciting announcement!)




    Completed Multiple Market Studies

    When choosing a location for a full-service, community-owned grocery store, it was imperative to the Board and Site Search Committee that we choose a site that would best position us for sustained, long-term growth.

    As we attracted more community buy-in through PFC Ownership, thus proving community support, our next step was to test markety viability. Over the last 4 years we have commissioned four separate market studies with multiple food co-op consulting firms that specialize in market viability studes. These studies identified Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Villa Park, Elmhurst and Downers Grove as our main market in addition to defining major criteria our store site must meet in order to insure the best chance of success:
    • located on or near major thoroughfares 
    • 6500 - 10,000 total square feet
    • easy ingress and egress
    • developed within the calculated costs per our financial pro forma
    • surrounded by plenty of parking
    Armed with this information, we are better positioned to select a site that fits our needs now - and also allows us to grow and adapt to our community's needs in the future!

    Completed Owner Site Selection Survey

    Over this past summer we conducted a survey in which we asked our Owners a series of questions related to the future home of our store. 659 members participated and the responses and notes provided valuable feedback that helped focus our search efforts. While we know that a signifigant majority of PFC Owners live in Lombard, we wanted to evaluate the interest level of our Owners regarding other potential store sites in neighboring villages.

    We also learned valuable information about our Owners' grocery shopping habits, and whether or not things like accessibility by bike are important when it comes to our store's location (it really wasn't!). 

    From day one we have prided ourselves with not just our transparency, but our commitment to listening to our community of Owners. With those goals in mind, we took all of the input and feedback to heart and promise that it was put to good use!

    Rewarded $807k Grant by State of IL 

    At the end of August, we received news that we were awarded a $807,000 grant as part of the Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program. This grant is part of a larger initiative by Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), in which $106 million in capital grants was awarded to 50 commercial corridors across the state. Awardees of this grant are taking part in revitalizing and growing their local communities and downtown areas, and this is the state's way of recognizing those efforts. 

    This grant was VERY competitive, so we were very honored to be selected! This grant money puts us in a much stronger position to move quickly on the site that meets our criteria for success. Due to the current state of the market, supply chain issues and overall inflation, every dollar of assistance we can procure will make a huge difference in our overall costs!

    You can read more about the grant here.

    To Be Continuted 

    Check back in with us in a few weeks when we will talk about the last 4 remaining steps we need to take to open our storeand maybe be able to provide an update to our site announcement timeline!


    Become a PFC Owner Today!


    Regardless of whether or not you decide to become an Owner, everyone in our community is welcome to shop at our store when we're open. That being said, the success of Prairie Food Co-op relies on as many community members stepping up to become PFC Owners as is possible.

    For a one-time $200 buy-in, you will receive certain perks and discounts while supporting as many local farmers, food producers, and small, family owned businesses as possible.

    Yes, we will be a full service grocery store - but we will be so much more.! Our co-op will be a destination for our community to gather, and we hope you opt to join our nearly 1700 community members in PFC membership!


    And if you're not on our newsletter list yet, sign up today! 







  • published PFC Receives $807K Grant! in News 2022-08-23 00:31:50 -0500

    PFC Receives $807K Grant!


    We have some exciting news to share! Prairie Food Co-op has been awarded a $807,000 grant as part of the Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program. This grant is part of a larger initiative by Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), in which $106 million in capital grants was awarded to 50 commercial corridors across the state. This grant was VERY competitive, so it is an extra honor that PFC was selected!

    What is this grant?
    This is NOT the potential federal grant sponsored by Congressman Casten (see below) that we may receive at the end of the year. This grant, the RBI Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Program, is designed to support local commercial corridors, with concentrations of businesses that experienced difficulties during the pandemic due to declining foot traffic, tourism, and business from downtown offices. The program drives investment in infrastructure and public amenities to fuel economic activity as more Illinoisans visit their local business districts.

    What does this mean for our store?
    This grant money will put us in a much stronger position to move quickly on a site that meets our criteria for success. (Catch up on our latest update on our site location search.)

    While we missed out on the 109 S. Main St. opportunity, we are investigating other sites that we think will perform just as well, if not better, than 109 S. Main. This money will help us secure a site in our community when the opportunity arises, and offset or eliminate the need of any future capital-raising campaigns!

    So, what's next?
    Prairie Food Co-op is ALSO in contention for a $847,000 grant, submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Sean Casten. From Rep. Casten’s website, “$847,000 in funding would be used to fill the funding gap for the Prairie Food Co-op. This project will revitalize the economy, support the growth of local microbusinesses, and create $1.5 million in revenues for local agriculture and local food businesses. This capital investment will construct and equip DuPage County’s first community owned grocery, which will fulfill the objectives of the committee by: - creating 50-80 living wage jobs with opportunities for advancement and comprehensive - benefits, - creating steady income streams for over 300 local urban, suburban and rural Illinois farmers and producers - generating $13M in economic activity, and - stimulating the creation of 8-12 micro-businesses.” (Read more about this opportunity.)

    We Got This
    We're very excited to see what the future holds for our community-owned store, and are grateful for the support we've received at the state level thus far. We feel confident in where we are, and believe in our mission and in you, our Owners. Together, we got this!


    If You Haven't Joined the PFC Family Yet, Celebrate This Great News By Becoming a PFC Owner Today!

    Prairie Food Co-op Ownership is just a ONE-TIME $200 fee for which you will receive perks and discounts when PFC is open and the right to run for the board and vote for the board. But there is so much more that your Ownership does!

    This is your chance to help fund the store that will:

    • Expand access to safe, healthy, and sustainable foods that are transparently labeled, ethically sourced, and accessible to all
    • Support 150+ local farmers & food producers
    • Encourage sustainable practices to reduce energy consumption, pollution, contamination and our carbon footprint
    • Create more than 35 local jobs that pay fair wages
    • Capture $5M that would otherwise leave our county or state
    • Generate $8M in local economic activity annually


    Become A PFC Owner TODAY



  • published Leslee Keri in Our Mission & Board 2022-04-07 11:28:47 -0500

    Leslee Keri

    "If elected, I will use my professional experience and passion for our grocery store to first, help open its doors, and then to continue to succeed and serve our community in a lasting and positive way."
    Owner Number 1083
    Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors? 
    I started to volunteer with the Co-op two years ago. Working with the current Board and getting to know other Owners has inspired me to get more involved and continue to contribute what I can in a positive way during this critical time in our co-op's history.
    Please tell us about your past or present employment
    I have worked at OMSNIC, a medical malpractice insurance company for oral surgeons in Schaumburg, for nearly 15 years. In that time, my role has included event planning, educational program development, and marketing efforts. Currently, I am the Director of our Patient Safety and Risk Management Department where I am responsible for making strategic decisions that align with and further the overall goals of the Company.
    Volunteer: Membership/Affiliation/Leadership Past and Present:
    I began volunteering with PFC in February 2020. I had the opportunity to call many of my fellow owners as part of the Spring and Fall Community Investment Program and helped to raise nearly $50K for our co-op. I also currently volunteer on the Ownership and Outreach Committee (O&O), contributing to social media posts, newsletters, graphic design, and events.
    Which of the following areas do you have expertise? 
    What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director? 
    As a small, volunteer Board I anticipate that each Director will be asked to assume a number of different roles - depending on the priorities and needs of the Co-op. I believe I would be an effective Director due to the variety of skills I will contribute, the strongest of which are that I am a collaborative team player who is comfortable making informed, strategic decisions. Working with the O&O team has really allowed me to internalize the voice and mission of our co-op and I believe I can carry that forward as a Director. I am also passionate about having access to local, healthy and sustainable foods to support our economy and provide the appropriate nutrition our bodies need to be healthy.
    What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?
    Short term, I am excited to contribute leadership and represent our owners' interests as we work towards the opening of our grocery store. It is important for the Board to make informed decisions to ensure long term success for our store. Those decisions should include direction from co-op recognized advisors as well as the input of our Owners. Long term, I hope the Co-op will expand our Ownership, support local farmers/food producers, become an economic multiplier for our community and a model co-op for others in the surrounding areas.
    What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?
    Prairie Food is my first Co-op experience. Otherwise, my food experience is limited to love of it- especially great tasting meats and veggies!


  • published Gerry Haptas in PFC Board Candidates 2022 2022-04-07 11:28:08 -0500

    PFC Board Candidate - Gerry Haptas

    "Prairie Food Coop is good for the community, owners, producers, suppliers and customers. This is meaningful to me & that’s the WIN team I am signing up for. I look forward to meeting you in the store!"
    Owner Number 791
    Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors? 
    This is an exciting time in the co-op establishment and development. I feel I can make a positive impact achieving the current and upcoming PFC goals towards opening the store and beyond. I enjoy being involved and making things happen.
    Employment: Please tell us about your past or present employment 
    I have been in management and leadership roles in IT, Consulting and Sales. This includes 15 years with Jewel Food Stores, 14 years with a Direct Marketing company, and 8 years with AT&T, 5 of which were selling to a local government entity, the City of Chicago, and, 4 years with a consulting company. I retired in November of 2017.
    Which of the following areas do you have expertise?
    Volunteer: Membership/Affiliation/Leadership Past and Present:
    I currently serve as Secretary on the Prairie Food Co-op board. I currently volunteer with a therapeutic horseback riding program with Ray Graham Association. I served on our local parochial school board which included roles as Secretary and Vice-President. I was also the representative to the affiliate organizations mentioned below. I was involved with the Lombard Park District in several capacities. I was the head coach for the Lombard Dive Team for 10 years. I was also the basketball coach for a co-ed high school team for 5 years. I was a head coach at a local parochial grade school for about 10 years for the following sports: track, cross country, volleyball, and, basketball. For 2 years I was a youth mentor with a middle school program which ended with covid remote learning restrictions.
    What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director? 
    My career has been working with people to help overcome the barriers preventing their progress. This involves listening, planning, consensus, execution and monitoring while communicating and adjusting with all stake/shareholders as necessary. I have collaborated with others to accomplish this in the past and I believe PFC will benefit with these skills and those noted in the expertise response above. I have always been prepared to dig in as far as necessary to get things done.
    What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?
    To be a part of the team that leads PFC to be successful and exceed its goals. I have been a Lombard downtown-area resident for over 40 years and cherish the thought of opening a community-owned grocery store in Lombard.
    What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?
    I serve on the Prairie Food Co-op board first as an interim director for a year and subsequently served my first 3-year term on the board, recently as Secretary. I am now running for my 2nd board term. I did not have prior co-op experience but have gained knowledge and experience in many facets. I am the governance committee chair and and worked diligently to ensure accuracy and completeness processing the payments of our CIP phases. These are just building blocks as we now head into our straightaway sprint.

    Back to Candidate Page




  • published Ask an Expert in Community Investment 2021-04-09 01:42:23 -0500

    Ask an Expert

    Schedule a time for one of our warm, friendly Co-operators to call and talk about Prairie Food Co-op with you.

  • published Our System Is Broke, But We Can Help Fix It in News 2020-05-29 03:24:00 -0500

    Our System Is Broke, But We Can Help Fix It

    Our System is Broke, But We Can Help Fix It.

    As the effects of COVID 19 profoundly alter our lives and shake up the way we do almost everything, we are reminded that our current food system is unsustainable.

    Many meat processing facilities across the nation are either closing down or rife with COVID 19 infections. Despite having some of the most fertile soil in the world, a large majority of produce sold in most Illinois grocery stores travels thousands of miles to get here while the profit these stores makes travels thousands of miles away from our community. And most of the food we buy at chain grocery stores are overly saturated with harmful chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, hormones, and other contaminants that have no business being in or on the food we and our families eat.

    Environmentally, economically, and nutritiously- this system is unsustainable.

    This is why food
    co-ops are important. We understand that supporting as much local food as possible is not only beneficial to OUR community, but having a vibrant, robust local food infrastructure protects us all from crises like we are experiencing now.

    We have plenty of local farmers and food producers, but conventional grocery stores simply will not work with most of these small businesses. However, this is what food co-ops do best: providing a marketplace for locally and sustainably produced, clean, nutritious food.

    But we can't do this until we can open our doors. This is why we need you to join the nearly 1100+ of your friends and neighbors who have already joined our ranks to realize our dream of building a community-Owned grocery store where we buy the food we want and a large majority of the profit stays here in our community. PFC Owners are the building blocks of what our grocery store will be and we cannot open without more of our community stepping up and becoming Owners.

    We ask you to please step up for your community by becoming a Prairie Food Co-op Owner today.

    Read more

  • published PFC Coloring Fun! in Get Involved 2020-04-27 23:57:09 -0500

    PFC Coloring Fun!



    Cooped up in the house and looking for something creative to do? Need an activity to keep you and your kiddos occupied? Well break out your crayons, coloring pencils, or- dare we suggest- paints and get in touch with your artistic side! Whether you're a John Singer Sargent, a Georgia O'Keeffe, or maybe even closer to a Jackson Pollak, we want to see your creations!

    Just print out one or all of the above coloring pages (just click on the image), get your coloring on, and then post a pic of your creation(s) on your social media while tagging Prairie Food Co-op. We'd especially love it if you include you and/or your kids (even furry kids) in the pics, because people LOVE pics of people (especially kids and pets) even more than they like pics of fancy art!

    So join in the fun and we can't wait to see your pics! Also, if you haven't yet, like Prairie Food Co-op on Instagram and Facebook!



  • 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 PFC's Ask a Chef with Culinary Confidante Series, a collection of all the Ask A Chef videos that covers a plethora of kitchen related topics that were originally presented live. Whether it be talking about pantry ingredients, spices, or ingredient substitution, Chef Crystal has you covered. We guarantee that you'll be informed and entertained.

    May 19 2020

    Ask a Chef: The Right Tool For the Job

    (Skip to the 3:00 minute mark to skip the intro)

    Did you know that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife?

    Check out this FINAL Ask A Chef episode to learn more about kitchen knives and other culinary gadgets. Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante reviews what tools she recommends you keep on hand for a well-equipped kitchen. She also shows us a few of her favorite kitchen toys + answers many questions from the audience!


    May 5 2020

    Ask a Chef: Reducing Food Waste

    (Skip to the 3:00 minute mark to skip the intro)

    Did you know that the average person wastes more than his or her own body weight in food each year? Check out our 7th(!) video in our Ask a Chef Series to find out what you can do to reduce your food waste. Watch Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante review best practices for managing the food you buy to reduce and/or eliminate waste.
    She also gives us a few produce prep tips and touch on different ways that you can actually use your food waste.


    April 28 2020

    Ask a Chef: Making the Most of Pantry Ingredients

    (Skip to the 3:00 minute mark to skip the intro)

    Check out this installment of Ask A Chef for some pantry inspiration as Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante gives us a few tips on what to do with the items in the back of the cupboard, including a few recipe ideas. She also covers what items you should be shopping for to reduce trips to the grocery store while still cooking a varied menu.
    She also answers questions from her viewers!


    April 21 2020

    Ask a Chef: Storing Produce & Keeping it Fresher for Longer

    Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante discusses ways that you can make the produce that you're already buying last longer. Crystal covers where to store your produce as well as what type of container it should be stored in. She also shares a few of her tips for regrowing foods right in your kitchen, no special equipment needed!

    (Skip to 2:20 to get to the beginning of the show.)


    April 14 2020

    Ask a Chef: Salad Dressings

    Check out Prairie Food Co-op's fourth installment of Ask of Chef with Culinary Confidante: Salad Dressings.
    Using ingredients that you likely have in your pantry already, Chef Crystal discusses (and show us!) how to make a basic vinaigrette along with a few variations. Crystal also covers dressing pairings for different salads as well as how to make an emulsion. Not sure what an emulsion is? Check this out to learn more!


    April 7 2020

    Ask A Chef: Recipes- Tips, Substitutions & Improv 

    Join chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante for part three of our Ask a Chef series where she talks about recipes. In this installment she covers the basics of following a recipe as well as what to look for when browsing recipes online including how to know if you’ve found a good recipe. Crystal also discusses recipe adjustments and substitutions- especially helpful during this time of limited grocery shopping. Check it out!


    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!











  • 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.




  • published Show Us Your PFC Yard Sign! in News 2020-05-23 00:43:23 -0500

    Show Us Your PFC Yard Sign!


    Most of us know that April showers bring May flowers. But what do May flowers bring? PFC Yard Sign Fun!

    As we near the end of May the weather is warmer, the flowers are in bloom and Prairie Food Co-op signs are on display.

    We loved seeing everyone's yard sign photos so much last summer we're doing it again!

    Share the sunshine, the flowers and a little joy this spring by posting a picture of your PFC yard sign and tagging our Facebook and/or Instagram pages.

    Now more than ever, it's especially important to support local food. Show your community that you support Prairie Food Co-op by proudly displaying one of our fabulously attractive yard signs.

    If you're a PFC Owner, just sign up for a FREE PFC Yard Sign to join in the fun.

    Not an owner yet? Become a PFC Owner today (for just $10 down!), sign up for a free PFC yard sign, and you'll get a visit from our yard sign fairy too!

    Become a PFC Owner Today!



  • 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 more we can grow, fund, and build OUR community owned grocery store!

    Here are some current volunteer opportunities:

    • Tablers – One of the most fun ways to grow our owner ranks, you’ll represent PFC with a seasoned tabler at 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, or maybe you're a fermenting genius or 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 [email protected]

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









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