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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!

Lets 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

April 19, 2014 Participate in Gail Borden’s First Seed Library!

Join the seed library project in Elgin and grow your own vegetables, harvest the seeds, and return them in the fall more...

April 24th, 2014 What’s On Your Plate, Elgin Food Feast-ival

Bring the family to What’s On Your Plate – the next in our Elgin Food Feast-ival film series. more...

May 10th, 2014 The finale of the Elgin Food Feast-ival

The finale of the Elgin Food Feast-ival will be at the annual Elgin Green Expo. more...

May (Date to be determined) Calling all shareholders and prospective shareholders!

Social Hour and Plan our Store Meeting! Come hear the details of what we have been doing for the past few months AND help us plan the store. more...

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.

Films on Food that provide Food for Thought!

"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." Ann Wigmore
Come join us for a series of recent documentary films that focus on what we eat in America.
A expert panel discussion follows each film. And good food from local chefs and local farms to try.
Please join us for this provocative film series. Click here for more information.