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Wild Onion Market

December 2020 Newsletter

Hello there!

From our hearts to yours, we wish you peace and comfort as we move from 2020 to 2021. We know many face challenges of immeasurable description. In the spirit of a co-op, we take this time to suggest ways to support our community while also updating you about good things happening for our WOM.

Community Support: Possibilities  

A long-time Wild Onion Market partner, A Just Harvest supports many by serving a hot meal daily, staffing a food pantry, doing deliveries – and so much more to align with their mission “to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community … while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines in order to create a more just society.” Read more about how you can participate: A Just Harvest

Another partner, Howard Area Community Center (HACC), provides ways to “empower individuals, enabling their independence, and offering a better chance for a brighter tomorrow.” In addition to providing food access through their food pantry, HACC provides adult education, dental and HIV/AIDS services, children and youth programming, and services for people in crisis. Read more about the HACC and ways to participate: HACC

WOM News and Notes  

  • We have over 610 Owners in our Wild Onion Market! We thank our newest Owners, and that includes 32 in NovemberJohn Jennrich won the 30/30 campaign drawing, and he received a $50 gift certificate from Village Farmstand, which is partially owned by Matt Wechsler who is also a WOM Owner. Building our Ownership base helps secure our future WOM shopping base and our feasibility; that’s the food co-op model used around the world.
  • We are looking for a siteWhat is involved? In partnership with our commercial broker, who has secured sites for two other Chicagoland food co-ops, the Board Site Selection Committee has been visiting potential sites. They work with landlords and city officials along with drawing on financial projections (business plans and feasibility studies) to ensure our choice of site is a success.
  • We are building a fund-raising capital campaign to help us secure a site and open our store doors! We welcome donations of any size and extend a huge thank you to those who have been able to send one.  All donations are tax-deductible. See WOM Donations.
  • SWAG available to show WOM pride! Have you seen our car magnets in your neighborhood? We have posters to display in businesses or condo lobbies or home windows, too. Need some? Let us know at
  • Like and follow us on Instagram and Facebook! It helps you and others stay up to the minute on co-op and community news.
  • Volunteer to help us grow, build, and realize our dream! We have standing committees (Communications, Community Engagement, and Capital Campaign) you can join, and multiple other projects to help us build our store! Watch for information in 2021 about how to join. Email us at to learn more. We invite you to join the Community Engagement meeting every 3rd Thursday of the month; The next one is Dec 17 from 7:00 – 8:00.

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Shopping local matters!

Local businesses could benefit from us buying gift certificates from them, too.

Feature: Jarvis Square at Jarvis and Greenview in East Rogers Park 

Jarvis Square Holiday Shopping, Sundays, 11:30am-2:30 pm      1500 block of Jarvis

R Public House (pronounced “Our Public House”) has been a vibrant restaurant in Jarvis Square since 2013. Renee and Sandy are also WOM co-op Owners. Located at 1508 E. Jarvis (872- 208 – 7916), this is why you’ll want to place that take out order HERE. A few folks I talked with are like me; we can’t resist the Tot-Chos with chili and salsa (some like it better with fries) or the bacon wrapped-dates. A fellow Owner, Aaron, orders regularly and his favorites are the R Public Burger. For brunch, he likes the Steak and Eggs with a Bloody Mary. A few others highlighted the brunch “scotch eggs” and chicken and waffles (isn’t it all so mouth- watering?)

Current hours of operation are Monday – Friday 3-8, Saturday and Sunday 11-8.  They will scale down in January and be open Thursday and Friday 3-8, Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-3.

But here is what else we knowRenee and Sandy have kept 24 staff employed during the pandemic. Listen to some of the staff efforts: work with St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research, a clothing drive for the Haitian Community Organization, work with A Just Harvest, support several arts organizations in the area, and community organizations like Youth Empowerment Performance Art for at risk youth. R Public House hosts fundraisers for local LGBY sponsored nonprofit organizations amongst other groups.  They donate 10% of proceeds to the cause.

Follow our partners at R Public House on social media     Twitter @rpublichouse            Instagram rpublichouse

R Public House is also an anchor for several other neighborhood businesses around Jarvis Square. Learn about those on their website at Jarvis Square businesses to support.

These Jarvis Square businesses are run by WOM coop Owners:

Jarvis Square Pottery at 1443 W. Jarvis. Find out more about Paul’s beautiful work, and spend a bit of time in his calming space. It’s wonderful to watch him work, have a chat, look at his record collection, and celebrate life. Learn more at

Rogers Bark Pet Salon is a way to celebrate our pets. Located on the corner at 1147 W. Jarvis (773-274-2275), they are a full-service grooming salon with award- winning groomers for the pups in our lives.  You can also buy unique toys, treats, healthy food, and “wellness products” for both cats and dogs. They can special order, too. See some of their goodies and read more here: Rogers Bark Pet Salon


Join Wild Onion Market to be part of the excitement as we reach our goals. 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.

Some reasons to join the WOM coop and catch the excitement!  

  • Make healthy food accessible to all diverse beautiful community members in several ways, and build a store that reflects our preferences through products and services we choose.
  • Keep dollars local and re-invested in our very own neighborhoods.
  • Through a cooperative non-competitive model, we support and lift up our community organizations and local businesses.

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Writer and Editor:              Michelle Parker-Katz     

Social Media:                       Ricky Burton Romero   

Board President:                 Jillian Jason