Farm Aid held its 30th anniversary concert in our hometown of Chicago on Sept. 19, but the event was about much more than great music. The day featured a number of public engagement and information events about family farms and the Good Food movement — and FamilyFarmed and some...read more
FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator is reviewing the applications it received from prospective Fellows for its second year program at 1871 in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. To view a great video explaining the Good Food Business Accelerator program — with insights from the first-year Fellows — click here.
The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has quadrupled over the past 20 years, making this sector a huge contributor to the rise of the Good Food movement. If there is one perception problem hindering even faster growth , it is the belief some people have that shopping...read more
Food co-ops have not been a big part of Chicago’s otherwise burgeoning Good Food scene… until now. Sugar Beet Food Co-op in suburban Oak Park recently opened — joining Chicago’s Dill Pickle Food Cooperative in this retail sector. And four more co-ops are in the works in metro Chicago....read more
FamilyFarmed has played an important role for more than 15 years in helping to stimulate the growth of the Good Food movement in the Chicago area. So we’re darn proud about how broad and vibrant our hometown’s Good Food scene has become. Read about it here… and if you’re...read more
What happens when Good Food activists get together to discuss ways in which philanthropy and personal action can advance the goals of the movement? It can get personal… but only in the best way. Notes on FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator graduation and its On The Table event. Read...read more
Harry Carr was well ahead of the rising consumer interest in grass-fed, pasture-raised meat when he started Illinois’ Mint Creek Farm in the early 1990s. A recent graduate of the first class of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator, Harry shares his strong belief in the advantages of grass-fed. Read...read more
Superb regional Mexican cuisine made Chicago’s Rick Bayless a celebrity chef, but his work to help the local farmers who supply his restaurants to build their businesses have made him a champion of the Good Food movement as well. Read more.
If there is one thing made clear by the appearances of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Sen. Dick Durbin and others at FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival & Conference, it is that the Good Food movement is getting the attention of public policy makers at the highest levels. Read full story...read more
A panel on FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator — with pitches from Fellows — was a highlight of the Financing & Innovation Conference. Read the full story here.