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Food co-ops and CSAs

FJ Young | Jun 19, 200203:40 PM

Thanks again to all who shared their neighborhood dining & housing savvy in the thread below.

Now that we are completely sold on Andersonville, we come to the next chow-related question--food shopping--which many posters have already alluded to below.

Small local groceries and specialty shops are great--I prefer them to regular supermarkets. But as my S.O. and I both have rather "green" dietary tastes, we will be probably be commuting to Whole Foods fairly often .

That shouldn't be a problem, but we will sorely miss our (in)famous food co-op in Park Slope. It's not just the great produce and the low prices, but the community spirit and emphasis on local buying that makes it special. How are the food co-ops in Chicago? From what I can tell, there are 3 on the South Side that are related in some confusing way. Is it worth trekking all the way down there for groceries?

And what about CSA's (where you get a share in the produce that a farmer brings to a central pick-up place every week)--does anyone have any experience with those? Although I must say my friend in Manhattan just picked up her first CSA box of the season yesterday (with me there to commemorate the blessed event), and she received a very small assortment of fairly sorry-looking produce. But then again, that's Manhattan for you.

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