From The Ground Up
Greetings from Common Ground Food Co-op!
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Imbibe Urbana's First Friday: August 4th, 5:30-7:30pm

Did you know that Urbana is bustling every evening on the First Friday of every month? 

Many local Urbana businesses put together sales, samples, and special gatherings for the Imbibe Urbana First Friday's events, such as the Makers on Main Local Artisan Market this Friday from 5:30-8pm. Stop by the Co-op for some delicious samples and foods for the weekend.

We'll be sampling our Co-op recipe for Peach Sangria, our regional Mileur Peaches, our Co-op made Peacho de Gallo (Pico de gallo with peaches), and more this Friday from 5:30-7:30pm!

July's Round Up For Good:
Black Lives Matter-CU

Last month we raised over $5,200 for Black Lives Matter-CU, our local chapter in Champaign-Urbana!

A special thank you to all who helped us reach this total!

Follow BLMCU on Facebook and contact BLM if you would like to volunteer!
August Round Up For Good:
Planned Parenthood's Champaign  Health Center

During all of August, you have the chance to donate to Planned Parenthood's Champaign Health Center through our Round Up For Good Program.

This PP location provides access to affordable health care including birth control counseling, pregnancy and birth services, STI testing & treatment, information on health care providers & government assistance, annual checkups, and more.

Bring your own bag in and we'll donate 10 cents towards  Round Up For Good!

Why Planned Parenthood? Each year our owners nominate and vote for local organizations during September to receive donations for the following year. Starting this September 1st-13th, active owners (who have paid their full equity within 1 year) will be able to nominate up to 3 local organizations explaining how the nominated organizations fit at least two of our Co-op Ends. Nominations that include small statements explaining how the organization meets our ends will make it onto our official Owner Election Ballot. Owner Elections will take place September 14-21st, ending at our Annual Meeting of Owners.

Have questions? Call Planned Parenthood today: (877) 200-7745
From Farm to Co-op! Sola Gratia Farm is bursting with food!

Hunter DiFonso, farm manager at Sola Gratia Farm, tells us about all the delicious food coming our way!

From cherry tomatoes, eggplant, okra, patty pan squash, rainbow chard, bell peppers, now is the time to taste all of the locally grown food! Only 3 miles away, Sola Gratia Farm provides Community Supported Agriculture shares to the C-U neighborhood and is currently community fundraising for a tractor! If you are interested in donating, email Sola Gratia Farm today!

For a delicious recipe that combines, Sola Gratia cherry tomatoes, Sola Gratia eggplant, Ludwig Mozzarella, Blue Moon yellow onions, Green Pantry Nursery basil, and PrairiErth garlic, try this Grilled Eggplant Parmesan recipe! 
GM Search Committee Update from the Board

One of the most integral parts of board service is our committee work. Currently, the GM Search Committee is working hard on finding our next General Manager. After securing our external interim GM, Tim Sullivan - who begins work at Common Ground on  Monday, August 7  - we turned our full attention to the search for our next permanent GM. We are currently reviewing applications and scheduling phone interviews with our best candidates, based on a rubric we developed by surveying store management staff and the board for what qualifications and characteristics we need in our next GM. 

If you have questions about the process, please stop by  Friday, August 11th  from
5-7pm during our monthly board tabling session, when Julie and Marissa, the other two members of this committee, will be at the co-op. 

-Magdalena, Board Treasurer

New Class: 
Homemade Chocolate  Ice Cream

Saturday, August 19th, 3-5pm in the Flatlander Classroom

Looking for a delicious alternative to dairy-based ice cream? Long time co-op owner, Mel Weinstein, has the solution! He will demonstrate his recipe for non-dairy ice cream made with cashews. In addition to the tasty treat, he will share his knowledge on the nutritional value and source of cashews, as well as helpful tips to make the best homemade vegan ice cream.

You can sign up for this class at our registers or buy tickets now!

$5 owner/ $10 non-owner

Food For All grants are available, email or call us
Upcoming Class:
DIY Skin Care with Joan Jach

Thursday, August 31st, 6-8pm in the Flatlander Classroom

Joan, co-op owner and owner of Old Town Flowers, will lead a hands-on class demonstrating how to make facial scrub, facial toner, and after-sun lotion. Students will leave with their own samples and knowledge of how to best care for their individual skin type. This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to make your own skin care using natural, ethically sourced products.

You can sign up for this class at our registers or  buy tickets now!

$5 owner/ $10 non-owner

To receive a Food For All Discount on this class, email us
New Regional Producer:
Dayempur Herbals

We are excited that we now offer Dayempur Herbals, natural herbal remedies, based in Carbondale, IL! They grow many of their own herbs, source others from well-known and reputable herbalists, and use traditional methods to make liquid extracts, infused oils, salves and syrups.

We now carry these Dayempur Herbal items:

- Elderberry Syrup aids in respiratory relief for all seasons.

- Herbal Salve for skin is made with Calendula, Comfrey, St. John's Wort, Lavender essential oils, and Vitamin E. Sun burns, bruises, sore joints, cuts and scrapes can be managed with applications of this salve!

- Red Clover Ticture has constituents that are useful for reducing bloating and improving circulation.

- Yellow Dock Ticture is traditionally used to improve digestion, constipation, and inflammation.

- Stinging Nettles Ticture can help reduce symptoms of regional allergies and is a notable blood tonic.

- Breast Friend Oil is free from essential oils and is great for nursing moms with inflamed, tender, and sore breasts.

Ready in the Deli:  Our BLT is Back!

Made on your choice of Great Harvest Bread Company bread, fresh lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, local Bacon from Kilgus Farmstead. Try it with our Iced Mango Green Tea!

Aug. 8-15: Save $1 OFF BLT

Aug. 16-22: Save $1 OFF Iced Dirty Chai

Aug. 23-29: Buy TWO pizza slices, get ONE FREE


Run for Our Board of Directors:
Applications Due August 15th!

If you an owner of our Co-op, YOU can run for a seat on our Co-op's Board of Directors! We have four seats open for the elections in September! 

Upcoming Board Dates:

Friday, August 11th: 5-7pm: GM Search Committee from our Board will at the Co-op

Monday, August 14th: 5:30-6:15pm: Candidate Information Session at Urbana Civic Center

Monday, August 14th: 6:15-8:15pm: Board Meeting at Urbana Civic Center

Tuesday, August 15th: 10pm: Board Election Packets are due! Email the board ( with your application or submit a paper copy at the registers!

Newly Featured Local Artists in the Classroom!

"Avoiding the Apocalypse" by Phil Strang, local painter

"Dark Skies" by David Riecks, local photographer

For more information about Phil Strang and David Ricks, read their artist statement on our website. In love with a piece and want to purchase it? Email the respective artist!
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