Co-op & Community News – January 2021 Newsletter
Wild Onion Market: News and Notes
- We have nearly 620 Owners in our Wild Onion Market! Our next goal? More Owners are necessary as we move toward opening store doors. Our next Ownership goal? 15 by February 15th! We’ll get there Owner by Owner. Help us by sharing with one person. Share with businesses you frequent. Share with folks in the community and in organizations where you belong. Share with local government officials. Invite friends to an Owner Orientation to ask questions and learn about Ownership. Our next one is
January 27 at 7:00 on Zoom:
At the Wild Onion Market we will
- Sell affordable and accessible healthy food to our diverse communities.
- Get our products via local farmers, producers, suppliers, and small businesses.
- Keep money in our community, and employ locally. This is our market. We own it.
Want to know more about food co-ops? Watch this 2-minute video:
Join by purchasing a one-time-only Owner share ($250 per household). We offer installment payments starting at $10 per month, and financial assistance to help with the purchase of your Owner share here.
- Owners: Watch your email in-boxes on February 4, 2021. You will receive important co-op information about our annual Board of Directors election and a special change to our bylaws, allowing for Preferred Shares to be sold.
- Abolitionist Challenge: Our Wild Onion Market Board Vice-President, Mary Meyer, attended this bi-weekly six-month course, along with over 400 food co-operators across the US. LaDonna Sanders Redmond taught the course, which focused on facilitated talk emerging from readings about issues of racial and cultural aggression, whiteness, and historic white supremacy (see LaDonne Sanders Redmond). In the course, Redmond focused co-operators on constructing insight by identifying and acknowledging biases. To set up our market with attention to not repeating historical ways of disenfranchising groups is a key goal for the Wild Onion Market. We invite your input to facilitate such conversations in Wild Onion Market communities. Please contact Board@wildonionmarket.com.
- Like and follow us on Instagram and Facebook! It helps you and others stay up to the minute on co-op and community news.
Wild Onion Partners: Support Local
In February, we focus our social media on highlighting local businesses that are co-op Owners and Supporters. This is part of our newest Wild Onion Market initiative, that is, Wild Onion Partners.
How? We will share our communications regularly on our social media (Facebook and Instagram), and monthly in this newsletter.
How can we all help? Do you own a business? Know of others who do? Are you participating in community work? Involved in a community organization? Know about other community initiatives? Let us know! Get involved, and share ideas, too! Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next few months, we will build on partnerships with
- local businesses,
- women and minority-owned businesses crafting materials related to food and sustainability,
- Community organizations and non-profits focused on food, access, and community support
From Community Wellness Matters: Food drive January 7 – 24. At Reprise Coffee (710 Main Street in Evanston). Non-perishable food items can be dropped off between 8 am – 2 pm. Learn more on Instagram: community_wellness_matters.
As reported in Block Club Chicago, the New 400 Theatre at 6746 N. Sheridan Road has become a coronavirus testing center. Did you know that it is the oldest operating movie house in Chicago? It opened in 1912, and has operated without a stop since then. They do both rapid testing and antibody testing. They accept all Medicare, Medicaid and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) insurance plans, and the federal government testing initiative ensures all can get a test without insurance. See details here
Questions about the Wild Onion Market? Write to Board@wildonionmarket.com
Writer and Editor: Michelle Parker-Katz Michelle@wildonionmarket.com
Social Media: Ricky Burton Romero Ricky@wildonionmarket.com
Board President: Jillian Jason Jillian@wildonionmarket.com