Existing suburban food co-ops

Green Tomato GroceryLocation: Batavia

Number of owners: 21

Cost of share: $100 (must purchase 2 to vote)

Incorporated: March 2013

Projected opening: 2016


Contact: (630) 330-1218

Next gathering: 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Batavia city hall, 100 N. Island Ave. There will be a meet and greet reception followed by a co-op progress report and an opportunity to ask questions about the co-op. Organizers will also outline the workgroups that volunteers can join.

McHenry Co. Food Co-opLocation: McHenry County

Number of owners: Shares available April 22

Cost of share: $100 (must purchase at least 2)

Incorporated: March 2014

Projected opening: 2015


Contact: (815) 315-1541

Next gathering: 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at Stage Left Cafe, 125 W. Van Buren St. in Woodstock. The group will be unveiling their name and new website. Guests will also have their first chance to buy a share and become an owner at the event. Committee members will be on hand to answer questions and cake will be served.

Prairie Food Co-opLocation: Lombard

Number of owners: 142

Cost of share: $200

Incorporated: February 2013

Projected opening: 2016


Contact: (630) 599-1219

Next gathering: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Vino Cellar Wine Bar, 141 W. St. Charles Road in Lombard. Meet with co-op owners and others who are interested in joining the co-op to learn more about the store, ownership and what you can do to help. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Shared HarvestLocation: Elgin

Number of owners: 225

Cost of share: $100

Incorporated: December 2012

Projected opening: 2015


Contact: (847) 873-9995

Next gathering: 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin. This is one of five events that are part of the co-op's Elgin Food Feast-ival film series. The film "What's On Your Plate?" will be shown. Young chefs will provide some healthy dishes to try and a panel of teens will discuss the Fox Valley food system.

  Members of the yet-to-be-named McHenry area food co-op meet at the Marengo home of steering team member Scott Brix, back row, far right. Laura Stoecker/
  Members of the Prairie Food Co-op, which hopes to open in Lombard, include, from left, founders Jerry and Kathy Nash of Lombard, Julie Neubauerof Lombard, Russ Diorio of Elmhurst, Eric Riding of Lombard, Penny Riding of Lombard, Betty Amore of Villa Park and Liz Krueger of Villa Park. Bev Horne/
  Green Tomato Co-op organizers, from left, Steve Meyer, Michael Vincent, Kelley Matthews and Jennifer Echert are hoping to open their own retail store in Batavia. Rick West/
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