Huan's Chinese Cooking Class Meals

We recently hosted our 3rd virtual cooking class with meal kit! Co-op teacher Huan shared her recipes with us to create a fully home-cooked Chinese meal. Tomato Egg Drop Soup, Sichuan Style Blistered Green Beans, Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Fish Fragrant Eggplant came together with cooked white rice for a delectible Chinese dinner. We've gathered the recipes and a recording of the class for you here in case you missed the class! 

Chorizo Tofu Breakfast Scramble

Our grocery department recently brought in a new brand of tofu - Pumfu! Pumfu is a remarkable, protein rich tofu alternative made using only pumpkin seeds and water that's organic, GMO-free, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free. Pumfu marinates well and is very versatile, and can be used for sandwiches, stir-frys, scrambles and even desserts - anywhere you'd normally use tofu, Pumfu is the perfect replacement. We used the Chorizo variety to create a delicious vegan breakfast scramble!

Exploring Delight Flower Farm

The central Illinois landscape is synonymous with farming. Drive in any direction from Champaign-Urbana, and you will be surrounded by rows and rows of corn and soybean crops. Dig a little deeper and you can also find a variety of small scale organic vegetable farms. What you don’t expect to find is a flower farm. But tucked away on the west side of Champaign you will find just that - Delight Flower Farm. A group of Common Ground staff was lucky enough to get a tour of the farm!

Community Garden Grown: Liz's Tomato Soup Recipe

Growing up, there was no shortage of fresh vegetables in my home. A California native, my mother quickly adapated to growing vegetables in Illinois and our backyard was complete with an enormous vegetable garden. One of my fondest childhood memories is harvesting vegetables with my mother. Some, like green beans or pea pods, never made it inside the house and rather were used as snacks to keep us satisfied while we worked in the garden. As I grew up and moved out on my own, finding space to grow a garden became increasingly difficult.

Saylay's Pregnancy Must Haves

Hi, I’m Saylay and I am the Wellness Manager. I am now back from maternity leave and have a beautiful, healthy 4 month old at home. Having been through pregnancy and post-partum rather recently, I thought I’d like to provide a series detailing the items that got me through the tough times! The first in the series will be my must-haves DURING pregnancy. Below you will find a list of 7 items from the Co-op that were indispensable to me.

A Word from the General Manager: June 2021

Hello Cooperators!


We have received some questions concerning our COVID-19 policies. Please let this message serve as our official position. 


We are not making any changes to our COVID-19 safety policies at this time. 


We realize this is a controversial topic but our response needs to take the safety of our staff, as front-line workers, into greatest consideration. 



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