The Common Market in the News

"Creating Community Through Food Hubs"

Illinois Farm Bureau

Since 2008, The Common Market has distributed local foods from over 300 sustainable family farms and producers to 1,800+ schools, hospitals, eldercare facilities, workplaces, and community organizations. In that time, they estimate 58 million meals have been served with local sourced products. The Common Market has found community drive success across the country individualizing their programs to the communities they are working in, including the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Texas, and now the Great Lakes region. As part of the 2022 #LiveLocal: Local Food and Farmers Market Conference, hear from co-founder Haile Johnston and Great Lakes Director Eliana Pinilla on how they are developing programs in the region to build on the collaborative food economy of Illinois.

Meridian Doubles Local Food Purchases

"Meridian School’s Food Services Department has more than doubled local food purchases this year, thanks to a partnership through the Texas Dept. of Agriculture with the Sustainable Food Center and The Common Market. What is local? For Meridian, that means any Texas products."

Bon appétit celebrates women-owned farm to fork vendors

Bon Appétit Management Company

These businesses come in all shapes and sizes. The Common Market, a local-food aggregator started by Tatiana Garcia-Granados and her husband Haile Johnston in Pennsylvania, now operates in Georgia, Texas, and throughout the Northeast, connecting food purveyors and institutions like Bon Appétit at the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University to a small army of local farmers.

Regional food distributor envisions food partnerships in Chicago area

Farm Week Now

Co-founder Haile Johnston told FarmWeek the Chicago area seemed a great fit as one of the country’s largest urban centers with leadership in food and food aggregation and a vibrant food scene. Yet, the area also struggles to support small- and medium-scale family farms and is home to food-insecure communities where families face significant economic challenges.

Johnston and Eliana Pinilla, director of partnerships for The Common Market Chicago Great Lakes, will share their vision March 23 during the Live Local: Food & Farmers Market Conference in East Peoria’s Embassy Suites.

IDEAS WE SHOULD STEAL: WORKING FARMS FUND

The Philadelphia Citizen

"The program has helped 25 small, organic farmers preserve and cultivate 355 acres of farmland around Atlanta, launching new generations of growers and a healthy locally produced food scene. Could Philly be next?"

Deep Roots

Georgia Trend

Small and urban farms are flourishing after helping Georgians weather the COVID storm.

“It does feel like this type of work has a mission, a community aspect and a human significance.”

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Celebrate Our 10 Favorite Foodpreneurs

The Story Exchange

"Garcia-Granados was shocked to see how many people in her Philadelphia Strawberry Mansion neighborhood had health-related diseases. After digging to the root of the problem — lack of access to nutritious food — Garcia-Granados and her husband founded The Common Market, a nonprofit that connects local farms to public schools, hospitals and workplaces. The NGO currently functions in the mid-Atlantic region, Southeast and Texas."