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Macomb Food Co-op

Rich Egger

A feasibility study commissioned by the Macomb Food Cooperative found that moving the group's store into a larger space in the near future would be too much, too soon.

Rich Egger

The city of Macomb recently acquired the rundown building at the corner of Jackson and McArthur Streets. The city is just starting the process of turning around the building but a local group is already considering whether it's a suitable site for its store.

The Macomb Food Cooperative began as an idea among a small group of people in 2009.  A couple years later it incorporated, and in April, 2014 it started operating the Macomb Online Market.  Now the co-op is opening a brick and mortar store that will feature mostly local products.

The Macomb Food Co-op's online market started operating in April 2014. The organization said it's taken in nearly $42,000 since then and returned more than $34,000 to local producers.

The online market opened by the Macomb Food Co-op in April continues to grow in popularity among shoppers and producers.

Instead of waiting until it can buy or rent a building to sell local foods, the Macomb Food Co-op has opened an online store.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Food Co-op plans to open a store in Macomb. But until it can make that happen, it’s found another way to make local foods available.

Sustainability Goes Beyond Science

Sep 25, 2013
SSS

The long running Brownbaggers sustainability lecture series starts next week on Western Illinois University's Macomb Campus. 

Rich Egger

The Macomb Food Co-op plans to soon offer locally produced meats, eggs, and produce through an on-line market.