WhatsGood To Bring Farm Fresh, Local Food To Customers Year-Round In Lincoln Park

Store to Feature Locally Sourced Products With In-Store Shopping and One-Hour Local Delivery
WhatsGood To Bring Farm Fresh, Local Food To Customers Year-Round with New Retail Store in Lincoln Park
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WhatsGood, an innovative technology provider for online orders at local farmers markets, is opening the first in a series of Chicago-based Farm Shops in Lincoln Park on December 7th, 2021. WhatsGood’s Farm Shop is a small footprint grocery store with an array of local products that will provide Chicagoans with in-store shopping and on-demand delivery. WhatsGood’s team can deliver everything you’d expect at the farmers market in about an hour.

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“WhatsGood’s Farm Shop draws inspiration from the intimate relationship between food, community, and neighborhoods. These unique stores will showcase the finest foods and beverages locally produced by farmers and artisans. We are so passionate about locally sourced food that we want customers to be able to shop seasonally and locally all year long,” says Erin Tortora, WhatsGood’s chief operating officer in a statement. “Shoppers will find fresh, healthy, and organic food from sources they can know and trust.”

WhatsGood has operated in Chicago since 2018 in close partnership with Green City Market, South Loop, and other of Chicago’s best farmers markets. During the pandemic, WhatsGood provided critical eCommerce and home delivery services to help connect Chicago to its local food sources. More than 30,000 Chicagoans use WhatsGood to connect with more than 400 farmers, artisans, and chefs from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. The company plans to open a WhatsGood Farm Shop in every neighborhood in Chicago and New England over the next two years.

Farm Shop products are locally sourced from farms and producers within a maximum of a 3-hour drive to the store. Shoppers will find produce from dozens of farms and makers and will be able to pick up fresh baked bread daily. They will also be able to grab high quality grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range chicken, heritage turkeys, artisan cheeses, granola, and prepared meals from a variety of local chefs.

“The WhatsGood platform saved our business during the pandemic. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have survived 2020. Our products are in front of so many more people because of WhatsGood. The creation of the store is fantastic, now you will be able to grab and get our Finn’s Ranch eggs, beef and pork anytime,” said Alex Finn, Finn’s Ranch.

WhatsGood’s technology enhances the shopping experience both online and in-store. At times, shoppers will have the opportunity to watch and even meet farmers, artisans, and chefs dropping off their products.

“Our Farm Shop makes it possible for more people to experience what a farm fresh egg tastes like, or to bite into a locally grown apple and taste what fresh really is. It’s not just in the name. We want people to reconnect with their food and the farmers who’ve worked so hard to grow it, and understand that against challenges like a pandemic or rising food prices, local food systems will demonstrate resilience as they did in 2020,” explains Tortora.

Lisa Hay

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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1 month ago

Great info Lisa Hay on this exciting new health food concept. How do I get in touch with them? Thank you. Michael

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