Local Profile with J & K Meats

Q & A with James and Kaylee from J & K Meats

What does your farm name mean to you? How did you choose this name?

We choose J & K Meats when my wife and I got married. It stands for James and Kaylee!

Where is your farm located? How many miles do you travel to reach Common Ground?

Our farm is located in Greenup, Illinois, 50 miles from Common Ground.

What do you raise? What is your signature product?

Back to Eden

Co-ops at their core are a community of people. We come together to own and jointly support a vision for change through the vehicle of a business. Our CGFC community is made up of almost 6,000 people who own a share in CGFC and regularly support the business.

Water Filtration

Most of us rely on our city water utility to provide us with clean water for drinking, washing, bathing… And there are some of us who rely on our wells.  No matter how we get our water, we know that it has been tested and meets certain governmental standards for cleanliness.  We receive an annual report from our provider that lists results from testing.

Pairing Your Beer

We celebrate a diverse beer selection here at Common Ground, and with so many varieties it can be difficult to choose. For those (like myself) who enjoy beer but may not have a grasp on what food goes with each style, we stumbled across this helpful chart about pairing beer with food. We have put together a list of beers and complementary recipes for each meal of the day! Yes, that includes breakfast. 

CGFC Supports Cooperative Cacao Production

Chocolate has long been associated with delicious decadence. Recent research has shown that far from being a junk food, consuming dark chocolate in moderation may have certain health benefits, due to a high content of healthy fats, antioxidants and micronutrients. Chocolate is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree, an evergreen native to Central and South America. Cacao beans have been prized and consumed by humans for nearly 3000 years.  Spanish conquistadors first encountered chocolate served by the Aztecs- as a bitter drink spiced with chilies.

Thank You Jacqueline!

By now you have likely heard the news that Common Ground's General Manager, Jacqueline Hannah, will be leaving to join the Food Cooperative Initiative in May as a consultant. I have conflicted feelings as I consider her departure. As a board member and owner I will sorely miss her passion, vision, leadership, and commitment to our organization. As a friend and colleague, however, I am extremely excited for her to share those same attributes with food co-op start-ups across the country; she is uniquely qualified to foster their success.

Future Food Legislation

February is usually a dynamic and busy time when it comes to politics, policy and legislation here in Springfield at the Capitol. 2015 will be no different and with a new Republican Governor taking the reins of state government riding a promise to "shake up Springfield" while Democrats still hold super-majorities in both the House and the Senate it might be even more of a dynamic year than usual.


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