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Stay informed about what's happening, how you can get involved, and what are the next steps in this exciting process of building the Shared Harvest Elgin Food Co-op!

Let's create a great place to shop!

Stop dreaming and begin scheming with your fellow locavores to open Shared Harvest - a local food cooperative grocery store right here in Elgin, IL! Welcome to our new website where we hope you will learn more about food cooperatives, especially Shared Harvest's, and how you can join as an owner to have a voice in a grocery store of your own!
Shared Harvest will be cooperatively owned grocery in the heart of Elgin that links consumers to affordable, healthy, locally-produced food, fosters sustainable agriculture, and contributes to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the Elgin community.

Events, Activities, Meetings

September 11th

Meet up with us at the Thursday Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Elgin's Harvest Market is in the parking lot on Kimball St across from the Library.

September 17th

Board of Directors Meeting — If you want to learn what is happening or thinking of volunteering, come to our board meeting. Wed, Sept 17, 6:30 at the DNA, above the Blue Box Cafe. Everyone welcome.

September 20th

Meet up with us at the Thursday Farmer's Market 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

September 30th

Shared Harvest Annual Shareholders Meeting — You will soon receive an official invitation to our Annual Shareholders Meeting where the board will update you on progress, elect new board members and consider any other issues of note. Tuesday, Sept 30th, 6:30 at the Centre in downtown Elgin.

October 2nd

The final fall Farmers Market will move to the parking lot of Ace Hardware on Kimball and Spring. A special final harvest event - 9am to 2pm.

October 4th

Shared Harvest is sponsoring a special Food Day event — "Mother Earth's Bounty" will be a sample of the freshest local foods at the Art Space. We are collaborating with Food Day and the City of Elgin Sustainability Committee. Details to come.

Help us to
"Reach out and touch someone"

The Shared Harvest board recognizes that to be successful, our main focus needs to be educating the community and addressing these questions: What is a coop? What is Shared Harvest? How can I participate? What’s in it for me? What’s in it for the community?
Members of the board are willing to come and speak at neighborhood associations, service clubs, churches, synagogues, non-for-profits, and businesses - even at your next good food party. Carol at 847-873-9995 to schedule a talk or presentation.
We need your help!

Market Study Predicts a Bright Future for Shared Harvest:

The Shared Harvest Cooperative Board hired G2G Research to write a Market Study for an evaluation of sites and a sales forecast analysis.
Key Findings:
  • The co-op store will serve a moderate-sized trade area in terms of geography that includes Elgin, South Elgin, part of Dundee and St. Charles.
  • The trade area for the proposed food co-op contains a relatively high population base of 178,100 persons (versus the Co-op database store average of 98,000 persons
  • The competitive environment to be faced by the proposed co-op is relatively weak.
  • Based on the population, demographic composition, and competitive environment of the Elgin market area, it appears that there is sufficient sales potential to support a co-op food store.