Sugar Beet Food Co-op’s first birthday party, dubbed “Kale Yeah,” will take place the weekend of July 30-31, with tastings, raffles, giveaways, games, and more from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 812 W. Madison St., in Oak Park.
Recently, we talked with General Manager, Chris Roland, to get a reading on the downs and ups of this small grocery store’s first year selling local, sustainable food.
Challenges and Solutions
Sugar Beet Food Co-op opened its doors on July 31, 2015. Not far away, Pete’s Fresh Market opened one month later. “So our honeymoon period was really quick,” Chris explained. “That was one of our biggest challenges. Pete’s sort of stunted things a little bit.”