In order to EAT good food, you need places you can GET it.
You can buy direct from a grower — for instance, farmers at the E2L Incubator Farm. Friends and block clubs can organize as a buying club and order food to have delivered in bulk for distribution to members.
One example of collective buying and sourcing is Healthy Food Hubs, a program of The Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living, based in Pembroke, IL. Healthy Food Hub is currently open for members and other customers every Saturday from 11AM to 3PM at several locations in Chicago and the south suburbs. For more information, check their website, and sign up for their newsletter.
In 2017, Eat to Live staff piloted our Alternative Market Project, an arrangement to buy wholesale produce direct from Midwest Foods’ warehouse. They sell a full range of fruits, veggies, and more. They also buy from many urban growers, and they have produce year-round. We coordinated three of these markets with some pre-orders, and set up a market table to sell the rest in partnership with a small neighborhood store. We’re convinced it’s a good model — requires a committed store partner and customer base.