Local and Seasonal Food Resources

Bright Farms, Rochelle, IL

https://www.brightfarms.com/

Salad greens grown locally available in several stores including Marianos, Pick n Save, Walmart, Whole Foods.

Gotham Greens, Chicago, IL

https://www.gothamgreens.com/

Located in Pullman neighborhood in the far south side of Chicago (in other states as well), creating jobs, overcoming food desert issues and providing fresh local greens, some herbs (through hydroponic rooftop greenhouse) all year long.  Available in many stores including Jewel Osco, Target, Whole Foods, Jewel Osco.

Organic Valley, Midwest

https://www.organicvalley.coop/

Organic, local dairy products and eggs with compassionate animal care, sustainable energy sources and widely available in Wisconsin and Illinois in grocery stores.

Heritage Prairie Farms, Elburn, IL

https://www.heritageprairiefarm.com/farm/

Offers their own honey and eggs as well as seasonal products from several area farms.

Rustic Road Farm, Elburn, IL

https://rusticroadfarm.com/

Organic, sustainable approach. Sells various products at their farm store and also at the Wheaton and Aurora farmers markets.

Trogg’s Hollow CSA and Market Farm, Poplar Grove, IL

https://sites.google.com/troggshollow.com/home

A family farm employing methods beyond organic, truly chemical-free. Sell produce and eggs from their own farm as well as products from a few other partners in the Midwest. In addition to the CSA, they are part of the Huntley farmer’s market.

Rishi Tea, Milwaukee, WI

https://www.rishi-tea.com/

Organic tea sourced from ethical and ecologically sustainable tea gardens and processed in Milwaukee, WI.  

Local Wisconsin Cheese Companies

There are many, of course!

Here are some brands:  Emmi Roth, Klondike (including Odyssey Feta Cheese), Sartori, BelGioioso, Bleu Mont Dairy, Carr Valley, Cesar’s Cheese, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Hidden Springs Creamery, Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc.

Goat Cheese

https://www.prairiefruits.com/

Prairie Fruits Farm located in Champaign Il is family owned and makes a line of fresh goat cheeses.

Local Coffee Roasters in Chicago 38 are listed in this article:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/craving/ct-food-coffee-roasters-chicago-metric-sputnik-20180917-story.html

Local Coffee Roasters in Wisconsin

This article has a list of 56 local coffee roasters in Wisconsin.  You can read about their philosophies and practices for sourcing coffee, too.  https://coffeebeaned.com/coffee-roaster-list/us-wi/

More local coffee roasters:

https://www.rosseto.com/blog/coffee-roasters-midwest/

One More Coffee Roaster:

https://www.ihaveabean.com/

Based in Wheaton, Illinois, I Have a Bean only hires post prison employees to help stop the cycle of recidivism.

Stores which have readily identified local food products:

Willie St. Coop, Madison, WI (purple labels on local products)

Whole Foods (various locations)

Pick n Save, Monroe WI has an organic section, have to read label to see what’s local

Woodmans Food Market, Aurora, IL (has some local products in season)

Local Foods in Chicago, only sells products sourced within 350 miles of Chicago.

Local farmer’s markets (local not necessarily organic)

Check your own locality

Local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)  (Usually require a subscription for the whole summer). For example:  King’s Hill Farm, Mineral Point, WI https://kingshillfarm.com/

Here’s a site on which you can search for a CSA near you: https://www.csacoalition.org/farm-search/

Fresh Pasta (Conventional/Gluten Free) and sauces

http://www.rpspasta.com/

Based in Madison, PR’s pasta makes fresh pasta and sauces. Available in Woodmans, Whole Foods, Will St Coop & Metcalf’s Market.

Uplands Cheese

https://www.uplandscheese.com/

Located in Dodgeville WI, Uplands Cheese has won many awards for their Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve cheeses.

Kombucha

NessAlla and Forage Kombucha are located in Madison WI

https://nessalla.com/

https://foragekombucha.com/

Arize Kombucha is brewed in Chicago

https://www.arizekombucha.com/

Chocolate

Vosges Chocolate, is a female owned business located in Chicago. Available at Whole Foods.

https://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

Katherine Anne is another female owned business located in Chicago.

https://www.katherine-anne.com/

Canned Water

Open Water based in Chicago is offering canned water to help reduce single use plastic bottles. They are carbon neutral certified, give 1% for the planet, plus female and LBGT owned.

https://drinkopenwater.com/

Frozen Foods

Path of Life is based in Naperville Il and offers a line of Gluten Free and Non-GMO certified frozen grain blends.

https://pathoflife.com/

Preserves and Syrups

https://www.quinceandapple.com/

Quince & Apple is a family owned business based in Madison that creates amazing Preserves & Syrups.

Pickles!!!

https://suckerpunchgourmet.com/

Suckerpunch Pickles is based in Chicago and makes Gluten Free and Non-GMO pickles without High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Lacto-fermented foods

https://thebrinery.com/

Based in Ann Arbor, The Brinery makes a line of Lacto-fermented vegetables. Available @ Whole Foods.

Amish Farmers

https://amishfarmers.com/

Produce, meat, dairy, and bakery products from Amish farms in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan

Rolling Meadows
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Regenerative/Organic

http://Riemerfamilyfarm.blogspot.com

Eggs, meat, poultry.  Broadhead Wisconsin,  regenerative/organic production method.  They ship frozen food products.

http://www.greenfirefarmllc.com

Eggs, meat, poultry.  Monticello Wisconsin,  regenerative/organic method.