Sola Gratia Farm Tour with pictures

We had a wonderful tour of Sola Gratia Farm the other day with the Farm Manager, Hunter DiFonso. We took so many pictures that we had to share them with you. This is the fifth season for Sola Gratia Farm, located off of Philo Road, only a 8 minute drive from the Co-op. With a beautiful work shed, a nice greenhouse, a large pollinator garden, and 4 acres for vegetables, they have a lot growing.

JUNE 2016 Comment Cards

Are the gluten free real ice cream sandwiches coming back? Common Ground used to carry them. They're great in the summer especially for celiacs. Thanks!


Unfortunately these had been discontinued by Julie's but we should be having Jenny's gf sandwiches by the end of the summer. We have house made cookies and gluten free ice cream if you would like to make your own until then! Ask a staff member for some ideas! Thanks for your feedback.

Earth Day Starts at Home

I have a confession to make. Sometimes, in the course of my week, I make too much food. Sound like a good problem to have? Well, it seems to be alarmingly common in our affluent country. My excuse is that I develop recipes for a living, so I test recipes even when I already have food to eat. My family, friends and neighbors all benefit from my overproduction, but more often than I would like, things go to waste. That half a jar of tomatoes for the pizza I made a couple of weeks ago got ignored when I moved on to testing dessert recipes.

Breakfast Sandwiches have arrived!

Common Ground is covering all the breakfast bases with it's NEW line of Breafast Sandwiches. These sandwiches are made with local eggs and bacon, Ropp cheese. fresh Pekara sourdough bagels, and for vegetarians, house-made seitan. If bagels aren't your thing, they have hot steel cut oatmeal every morning for $1.29 a cup. In the deli case they recently launched a new line of gluten free muffins, vegan scones, and absolutely delicious cinnamon rolls. Be sure to grab a cup coffee and healthy snack for later. Best of all, Breakfast Sandwiches are served all day!

Probiotics for Gut Health

Hundreds of different types of bacteria and yeast, our gut biome, live in our small and large intestine. The beneficial microbes are called probiotics (pro: for biotic: life) and help support overall digestive health.  When the biome is balanced, probiotic strain populations keep pathogenic microbes such as e. coli and c. albicans at bay. Probiotics produce short-chain fatty acids from insoluble dietary fiber and vitamins K2, B12, biotin and folate, necessary for cellular energy production and proper calcium absorption.

Local Profile with Queen Anne's Lace

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

We came up with the name Queen Anne's Lace as we love the wildflower that blooms abundantly along the fence lines and open fields here in Illinois.  It’s sort of a “bloom where you’re planted” reminder for us.  When we grew and sold flower bouquets they were the signature of each posy. Our natural and organic body care line is also rich in wild crafted botanicals, herbs and essential oils and so the name continues...


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