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True Nature Foods Comments On Their New Neighbor, Whole Foods

True_NatureTrue Nature Foods has been in the Edgewater neighborhood for almost 30 years. Owner Paula Companio, is well known and recognized around the neighborhood for being an activist working to spread the local and organic food movement. The local grocer has a variety of natural foods and products that come directly from local and sustainable farms and the store makes decisions based on the common interest of the customers they support. But being an urban local food grocer is just a portion of what True Nature actually does to support the food movement. There are several different offerings to participate in co-op communities whether vegetables, poultry, egg, beef, pork, and lamb, they act as a drop-off site for independently owned and operated farms. They host farmer’s markets, have a juice bar, a compost program, a green roof, a bee sanctuary, and partner with other businesses As a loyal customer, most of us who shop at True Nature know that we are helping to support an ideal goal of controlling our food sources and working with people and businesses we know and trust.


Owner of True Nature Paula Companio


The potential of Whole Foods moving into the previous Dominicks location across the street is exciting for True Nature. Paula looks forward to welcoming the neighbors onto the Broadway corridor. She feels extremely dedicated to the work she does in promoting local and organic and feels confident that having Whole Foods move across the street will be a great addition to all of the other new establishments bringing good energy into the neighborhood. Whole Foods has been known to actively engage with the communities and neighborhoods that they move into, and she looks forward to working with them and standing alongside them as a neighbor to keep Edgewater a viable and thriving neighborhood.



Here are a few other reasons why our local grocer True Nature is unique, awesome and an amazing contribution to our neighborhood.

  • Compost program – Just recently the store has partnered with Collective Resource to create a compost program to encourage customers to compost everything from coffee grinds, eggshells, and anything that came from the earth. To participate it costs $12, with a $5 drop-off fee. You will be provided a 5 gallon bucket, to fill up. Once it is filled with all compostable items, simply come by True Nature to swap for a new clean bucket! 
  • Food Co-Op options – There are multiple options to participate in local food co-op’s and pick up your items at the grocer. From meats to vegetables, you can get everything local delivered right to the store and support farms in the midwest.
  • Juice Bar – If you do not have your own juicer at home, or don’t feel like cleaning that ridiculous contraption, the juice and smoothie bar at True Nature has every juice concoction you could ever dream of, as well as wheat grass shots to give your immune system a big boost!
  • Green roof – In 2005 True Nature was able to create a green roof by Urban Habitat Chicago. Every year has brought growth and expansion to the True Nature green roof.
  • Bee’s – In the back of True Nature is the home to many local bee’s that produce honey! Bee’s are great for the community and local honey is known to help reduce allergies for consumers!
  • Farmer’s Markets – From the third weekend in June all the way through the end of October, there is a small farmer’s market on Norwood and Broadway that has fresh produce, flowers, coffee, baked goods from local groceries, and entertainment!
  • Pre-made meals – If and when you need a meal on the run, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan meals available on a daily basis. They stock a cooler with healthy and fresh meals for you to take on the fly.
  • Healthy Living Meet-up –  True Nature has partnered with Nutritious In the City  for monthly healthy living meet-up to support community members who want to learn and discuss ways to make your lifestyle and food more healthy.


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