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Do You Buy Groceries in Roger’s Park?

For the first time since living in Chicago, I am within easy walking distance of a major grocery store. In this case it is the Dominick's at 1763 West Howard St. (Chicago, IL 60626).

I stopped by the other day to see how well they could support my food activism, and found that I’d need some changes before adopting it as my new grocery locale. While Dominick's does now carry many organic options, they don’t have much in the way of local foods – which is fairly consistent with every large grocery store I have explored in the city (Whole Foods has more than most, and they clearly mark those they have, but it is still not much).

With warmer weather coming, I will be getting my produce from the Farmer’s Markets and my own back yard, but I’d still like to be able to get local, organic dairy products (personally I like Organic Valley), fair-trade coffee and chocolate, and recycled paper goods close to home. I can certainly commute a few stops to New Leaf, for coffee, chocolate, cream and toilet paper...but I'd love to be able to walk for groceries, and I like the idea of convincing this larger store to stock more consciously. I am going to write to them to let them know that stocking these types of things would bring my food dollars to them, and I'm going to talk to some other folks in the neighborhood to see if they feel similarly.

Do you grocery shop in Roger’s Park? If so, would you be interested in joining me in this campaign?

Just let me know. I’d appreciate the help.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Are you guys living in RP now? That was where we lived the first year we were in Chicago! I love that neighborhood.

If I were still there, I'd totally join your campaign. *hug*
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
We are in RP, and I do think I'm going to like it. I've missed being by the lake and I am hoping to learn to repair my own bike so that I can hit the bike trail soon (though it can be a harrowing sea of yuppies!). I love the indy coffee shops and movie theatre that are near by...I love the indy music store and the used book store. I am coming from a neighborhood that while wonderfully ethnically diverse, offered mostly dollar stores and Mercado's. Dollar stores are full of plastic crap from China that I can't buy - and Mercado's tend to have non-local produce and tons and tons of processed foods...so not my cup of tea.

Our new place is a green building - so we're really going to be able to live in our values. That, and the neighborhood amenities have me feelings hopeful.

Much love to you - J
Apr. 21st, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I shop in the Indian markets on Devon whenever I'm up that way (really fresh produce, really cheap spices). I don't know if that's quite walking distance for you, though... My favorite is Fresh Farms (with the green striped awning), two or three blocks west of Western on the north side of the street. All the Patel Bros. stores are good too.

If you don't mind taking the 290 Touhy bus, there are some great options in Lincolnwood... the Lincolnwood Produce Market at Lincoln and Touhy is AWESOME.
Apr. 21st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
duh, I am really tired and not reading carefully. Sorry. Neither Fresh Farms nor LPM carries *local* options that are labeled as such. They're fun places to shop but not localvore-friendly.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
No worries...I appreciate the suggestions and like checking out various food vendors to see what is in our city and what our options (or lack of options are). Plus, spices are one of my exceptions (to local/organic) - so I might have to make a trip to Devon to check out the spices there.

Love, J
Apr. 22nd, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I may be shopping at that Dominicks, and would be interested in joining the campaign. There's a Jewel that's technically a bit closer to me, but is further from the trainline, and north. If I'm heading in on the red or purple line, makes more sense for me to stop at Dominicks.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! I'm so glad.

When May is here and I am not crazy with moving - I will get this campaign up and running and will let you know the details.

Thanks for being interested. Love, J
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