Plant Chicago’s Farmstand began as a humble fold-out table in what is now Whiner Beer Company’s beautiful taproom (see photo above). After more than five years, the farmstand has evolved into a brick and mortar space where visitors can find books, Plant Chicago merchandise, and a variety of products from local businesses participating in the circular economy. Even the shelves and desk in the space embody our local circular economy principles. This furniture was created by MP Custom Made using wood salvaged by Bubbly Dynamics during their de/reconstruction work at The Plant, a former meatpacking facility that is being repurposed as a collaborative community of food businesses committed to material reuse and closed-loop systems. The farmstand also features the work of other artists, such as a beautiful mural created by Ishita Dharap.
Not only does your purchase at the farmstand help support these small businesses, but any profits made from farmstand sales support Plant Chicago’s programming and our mission to cultivate local circular economies. We are proud to introduce you to some of the businesses you can find represented in the farmstand, which is currently open every Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
Under each company’s name and description, you will find icons representing which of Plant Chicago’s local circular economy principles the business currently puts into practice. The Plant logo indicates that the company is located at The Plant.
Arize Kombucha is an ever-evolving company that has grown from home-brewing with family and friends to producing and selling kombucha at local co-ops, food stores, and restaurants in the Chicagoland area.
Bee’s Wrap infuses organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin to create a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap.
Bike a Bee is an urban beekeeping project with about 50 hives on the south side of Chicago. Most of their hives are placed in community gardens, schools, urban farms, and other shared, visible spaces.
Chicago Candle Factory upcycles glass bottles to create beautiful, high-quality soy wax candles right here in Chicago.
Four Letter Word Coffee sources beans from growers around the world to roast and provide great coffee to Chicago, Turkey, and beyond.
Great American Cheese Collection represents more than 45 family and co-op producers, and is the single largest source for America’s artisan cheeses. They aim to make these products more available to chefs and the general public.
Kombuchade is a handcrafted probiotic sports drink designed for athletes & health-conscious humans.
Liberty Bottleworks makes all of their bottles in the US using recyclable materials. At their facility, they recycle nearly all of their waste and they re-use and treat their production water before it leaves their manufacturing facility.
Magnolia Screen Printing is a social enterprise on a mission to create quality jobs for young people, print amazing custom shirts and products for local customers, and be the best screen printing shop in Chicago.
Rumi Spice is a veteran-owned company sourcing the world’s highest quality saffron direct from Afghan farmers.