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Food co-op, historical society keep it local at Harvest Festival this weekend

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 3:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 9:37 p.m. CDT

LOMBARD – The organizers of a first-time Lombard event hope to get residents and community members excited about locally grown and produced foods as well as historic fall traditions.

On Saturday, the Prairie Food Co-op will partner with the Lombard Historical Society to produce Harvest Festival, an afternoon full of local foods and beverages, square dancing, historic demonstrations and more.

The Prairie Food Co-op initiative began to take form last summer, spearheaded by Jerry and Kathy Nash of Lombard and a host of volunteers. The group plans to open a food cooperative grocery store in the western suburbs within the next few years that will sell locally grown and sustainably produced food items. Food co-ops operate on a business model where community members buy shares in the business and collectively make decisions about the store.

At Harvest Festival, there will be locally sourced corn, custom-made sausage-on-a-stick and heirloom apples. 20 West Wine and Spirits is sponsoring wine and beer tastings that include Illinois vendors like Flesk Brewing Company of Lombard.

The Lombard Historical Society has coordinated several historic demonstrations that include butter churning and cider pressing. There also will be a live band and square dancing.

Proceeds from this event will go to fund a sustainability survey for the Prairie Food Co-op and help pay for the historical society’s Carriage House Expansion Project that was completed last year.

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