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Local Foods Brings Farm-to-Table to Retail Space

The new Local Foods, in Bucktown, is not a co-op, but an all-day, everyday farmers’ market, located at 1427 West Willow, as part of a wholesale food hub. The 27,000-square-foot facility intends to buy more than $3 million of Midwestern food this year, keeping food dollars in our regional economy and creating new jobs in our rural communities by paying a fair price for their goods.

With the introduction of this brick-and-mortar location, Chicago residents now have the opportunity to purchase the same locally sourced ingredients that Chicago chefs have utilized since the company’s inception in early 2013.

Permanent fixtures within Local Foods include a bright, airy, 3,000-square-foot marketplace with a host of local farm-direct products; the brand-new location of The Butcher & Larder, Chicago’s first sustainable, whole animal butcher shop; and Stock, a chef-driven, seasonal café with farmer/chef Abra Berens at the helm.

Interactive events include seminars, cooking classes, farmer discussions, chef demos and more. The facility will also serve as the headquarters for the team’s expanding wholesale and distribution branch, delivering local products from small, Midwestern family farms to 200 of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants.

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