Most tap water in the US is provided by municipal water companies, which are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The source of municipal water for Champaign County and much of East Central Illinois is groundwater in the Mahomet Aquifer. It is then processed by American Water of Illinois, whose Champaign plant, built in 2009, is one of 2 LEED certified water treatment facilities in the nation. Using a series of filtration systems, minerals and other particles are removed.
This year we’d like to begin a conversation about water, the most essential substance for the maintenance of life on Earth. In upcoming posts, we’ll be presenting basic information on water options for home and garden use, filtration options, sustainability issues and environmental impact. The goal is to provide information on how all the specific topics fit together so you can make informed decisions about the choices we all make every day.
If color is the key to good nutrition, then we've got a rainbow of options for you. These salads are what we like to call "Powerhouse Salads" because they are literally packed full of nutrients. The best part is that they are ready and waiting everyday and can be found in our deli's grab & go case!
A new year has arrived. We've had our share of heavy holiday meals. Light and green may be in the future. So here's to new, healthy beginnings with a top ten list of our favorite superfoods!
In January of 2013 (a year ago!) we brought Stone Soup back to the Co-op. We gathered monthly in the Flatlander Classroom to cook a meal for the TIMES Center. We had a great time with this program.
What does Governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s victory mean for local food and sustainable farming in Illinois? That’s a good question and the same one a lot of different organizations and individuals are asking in general about the incoming Governor and what he will do once he takes the helm as Governor of Illinois.
CGFC’s Food for All program was created in January of 2009 in response to a clear message from our owners that they felt addressing access needed to be front and center in their Co-op’s work; to address the economic barriers that exist between so many people in our community and access to healthy food. A key part of the Food for All program’s design is a 5% discount on all groceries - based on economic need.
The last quarter of every year at CGFC is spent planning. We revisit our current business plan, brainstorm with staff, identify future challenges, study competition trends and use all that information to formalize a business plan for the next three years at Common Ground. From that plan, we structure a budget to meet the needs of the store, each department and our Ends (goals) to serve the community.
As the weather gets colder outside, there is nothing better than a hot drink to warm the hands, calm the mind and satisfy the craving in your belly. That’s why during the month of December, our deli is featuring the all-time classic, hot chocolate. Our hot chocolate is simply made using all organic ingredients —Dutch cocoa powder, sea salt, fairly traded sugar cane, vanilla. It’s vegan, gluten free and can be tailored to your chocolate-loving heart's desire. Each week our deli will highlight a different hot chocolate flavor —all delicious and sure to hit the spot!
Pekara Bakery has become well known in C-U for its excellent European-style baked goods. Common Ground Food Co-op is proud to carry a selection of their artisanal breads and pastries, which are baked each morning and delivered fresh daily, Monday through Saturday. Recently, we’ve begun to use Pekara bread for our housemade sandwiches and we are loving the results!