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New grocery opens in Logan Square

Fresh produce sits in baskets near the front entrance of the Dill Pickle Food Co-op, a new small grocery on Saturday, 9 Jan 2010. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / January 7, 2010)

By Susan Taylor, Special to the Tribune

It took five years for the member-owners of the Dill Pickle Food Co-op to realize their dream, but Logan Square now has a wonderful neighborhood grocery.

The mandate of the cooperative venture is to make collective decisions based on the best food available, rather than the bottom line.

Vinnie Hernandez, the general manager, said that he looks for local, organic, fair trade, and food made in cooperatives, but when that isn’t available, he reaches out to provide the shop with a full range of high-quality foods.

An excellent dairy selection includes non-homogenized and pasteurized (but not ultra-pasteurized) milk, cottage cheese, churned cream (butter) and raw milk cheeses from Castle Rock Organic Farms in Wisconsin. An impressive bulk-bin section carries nuts, beans, grains, herbs, spices, granolas, coffees and teas.

Frozen meat and poultry are hormone-free and locally-raised.

The fresh produce section is small for now, but plans are in the works to enlarge it.

The shop has a good selection of high quality canned goods, and when Hernandez is able to get deals, he said he passes them on to customers.

3039 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-252-2667, dillpicklefoodcoop.org. Open noon- 8 p.m. daily (except 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday)

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