We’re Moving Local Food in the Great Lakes

Honoring a Milestone in Partnership with Cook County

Great news for the Great Lakes!

On Monday, September 19, 2023, The Common Market Great Lakes moved its first food – Apples from Flamm Orchards of Cobden, Illinois.

In alignment with Cook County's commitments to the Good Food Purchasing Initiative, our values-based, mission-oriented food distributor has created a partnership with Cook County Sheriff's Office in Chicago to ensure access to local, fresh, nutritious, and responsibly sourced food is available for all.

Apples reached our new partners, marking the first official food movement since our youngest chapter’s inception.

The Common Market Difference:

The Common Market is not your typical food distributor. With a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms, we have been redefining the food distribution landscape since 2008. Our commitment to values-based food sourcing, which prioritizes local farmers, sustainable agricultural practices, and equitable access to nutritious food, makes us an ideal fit for Cook County.

Cook County Sheriff's Office: A Commitment to Good Food:

Cook County has long recognized the importance of food quality, not only within its own operations but also as a reflection of its commitment to the communities it serves. Cook County has been an active participant in the Good Food Purchasing Initiative (GFPI), an initiative designed to promote a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable food system.

By partnering with The Common Market, the Cook County Sheriff's Office is taking a significant step forward in fulfilling its GFPI commitments. This collaboration is not just about providing meals; it's about delivering on a promise to source food that aligns with the program’s five core values:

Local Economies: The Common Market's emphasis on sourcing from local farmers and producers strengthens the regional economy, keeping dollars within the community and supporting local businesses.

Environmental Sustainability: The Common Market's dedication to sustainable sourcing practices reduces the environmental impact of food production and distribution, contributing to Cook County's sustainability goals.

Health and Nutrition: The partnership ensures that the food provided to the Cook County Sheriff's Office is not only fresh but also nutritious, promoting the health and well-being of both staff and inmates.

Valued Workforce: The Common Market's commitment to fair labor practices and equitable partnerships aligns perfectly with Cook County's vision of creating a more just and inclusive food system.

Animal Welfare: The Common Market's focus on ethical animal husbandry practices ensures that the food served meets high animal welfare standards, reflecting Cook County's concern for the humane treatment of animals.

The Impact and Future:

This partnership between The Common Market and the Cook County Sheriff's Office is not just about delivering food; it's about delivering on shared values and a commitment to a better future. By sourcing locally, prioritizing sustainability, and promoting equity, both our organizations are leading the way in building a more resilient and compassionate food system.

As our team delivers its first food delivery to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, we are reminded that meaningful change begins with collaboration, and it starts with the choices we make about the food we consume.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting partnership and more good food movement steps out of the Great Lakes!

Flamm Orchards The Common Market Team
The Common Market Great Lakes team, Eliana, Haile, and Heather receive Illinois apples.