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Dill Pickle Co-Op to Open November 21

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Nov 10, 2009 3:20PM

Photo via Dill Pickle Co-Op Website

After years of planning, networking and raising funds, the Dill Pickle Food Co-op is finally set to open on November 21 at 3039 W. Fullerton. Neighborhood-owned co-ops aren't a new thing, but they are risible propositions in these times; the recent history of the former Hyde Park Co-Op stands as a reminder of how tricky running a grocery cooperative is. Dill PIckle Co-Op plans are ambitious: they'll be stocking fresh, local organic produce and claim to have one of the largest bulk food sections in the city.

The co-op is also hosting a benefit concert on the eve of its opening at Quenchers celebrating the opening. The November 20 concert will feature the Milwaukee-based big band Environmental Encroachment (which was doing the participatory big band thing long before Mucca Pazza), the I Ching Quartet and the Candaliers. There's a suggested donation of $10 at the door, which will include a raffle of Dill PIckle groceries and discounts for co-op merchandise.