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Kudos ~ Sugar Beet Food Co-op

Sugar Beet Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store in Oak Park, has been named Best Small Business in America by sustainable waste and recycling company Rubicon Global. They launched the $10,000 prize to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 25 because “small businesses are the fabric of America.”

       Sugar Beet fosters small producers, reduces its waste stream through composting and diverting compost to a local goat farm and donates a nickel to a local organization each time a customer refuses or reuses a bag or container.

       Sugar Beet was founded in 2012 in Oak Park to offer a full-service, co-op grocery store that would provide a neighborhood source for local, sustainable, healthy foods and a way of connecting farmers and producers to their customers. Since then, it has networked to organize food learning and sharing events, and runs a Food For All program for families with limited means to buy healthy goods.

Location: 812 W. Madison, Oak Park. For more information, call 708-948-7646 or visit