This Week at Common Ground

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November 18, 2016 

Holiday delivery days, special hours, Small Business Saturday and more…

Lots of special things to talk about for the next week!  Thanksgiving is less than a week away and we still have a few turkeys and Tofurkys for your main dish.  Remember to include thawing time when you pick up your turkey!

Fresh bread will be delivered on Tuesday from The Garlic Press and Wednesday from Pekara.  This special delivery of Pekara will include dinner rolls for your holiday meal. Then we will be getting a second Pekara delivery on Saturday (Small Business Saturday, that is!) Don’t forget to pick yourself up a loaf of tasty sliced bread to make your leftover turkey sandwiches.

WE WILL BE OPEN LATE TUESDAY the 22nd and WEDNESDAY the 23rd til 7PM to give you extra time to shop for your last minute items.

Tuesday we will be getting in our regular Kilgus Milk order which includes pints or half gallons of heavy cream.  We also have in stock organic sweetened condensed milk and coconut based sweetened condensed milk.

We’re fully stocked on lots of seasonal meal needs like cranberries (fresh, frozen, dried or canned!), stuffing mix (Traditional or Gluten Free!), frozen pumpkin pies (or canned pumpkin if you want to make your own), pie shells (Organic or Gluten Free), and CocoWhip non-dairy Whipped Topping to go with those pies. In the produce section, pie pumpkins, potatoes, yams, green beans, Brussels sprouts, kale and more. Also in stock now, So Delicious Coconut Milk seasonal beverages: Nog and Chocolate Mint or Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice Milk.  We still have a few bags of Dandies Pumpkin Spice Marshmalllows and we just got in the Peppermint flavored. We of course have the original vanilla as well.

We will be open Tuesday and Wednesday until 7pm for your last minute shopping needs! We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) AND Friday the 25th, but we reopen EARLY Saturday at 8am for Small Business Saturday.  We will have yummy samples to taste that day and FREE Shop Small tote bags with purchase while supplies last.  We are continuing our T-shirt special discount: Wear your Common Ground T-shirt while shopping and receive 10% off your purchase (cannot be combined with other 10% discounts).

October 5, 2016

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!! We opened our doors in October of 1977, can you believe it?! We are so happy to celebrate 39 years of business and thank each and every one of our customers for making it possible! We are planning to have extra specials to pass on to you all month, so keep an eye on Facebook to see the latest.

NEW PRODUCTS! We are bringing in LOTS of new products these days. Take a look around the store next time you’re in. All new products are labelled with “NEW” tags. Looking for something in particular? We’re always taking product requests and suggestions!

Fall is here and we have all sorts of wonderful fall produce coming in. Check out the produce section of our website to see what we have.

June 23, 2016 

Goat Cheese and Gelato from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery is back!  Find your favorite flavors of Gelato in the freezer right up front and the cheese in the dairy case.


June 16, 2016 

Hope your summer is going well so far! Just a reminder that we open early on Saturdays during the Farmers’ Market season. Current hours are:
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 7:30am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

March 10, 2016

Soups and chili have been going strong!  So far we have offered White Bean & Kale, Carrot-Quinoa-Cauliflower, Triple Lentil with Rice, and today was a creamy (but non-dairy) Broccoli soup. The Black Bean Chocolate Chili is still in rotation also.  We are offering hot soup and/or chili Monday-Friday from 11-2 (ask if hot still before or after those hours). We also have it in the freezer and fridge next to our hummus to buy any time.

February 18, 2016 

Have you heard we are now serving hot chili?  The black bean chocolate chili you loved at Tour de Chocolat is now available everyday! We are serving it hot from our kitchen during the midday, but also have it already dished up in cups both in our freezer and our fridge next to the hummus!  Ready for you to grab and heat up at your convenience.  When we have it hot, just order at the counter and we’ll get it from the kitchen. We hope to branch out into other soups too in the near future. Enjoy!


February 4, 2016

We’re setting up for Tour de Chocolat tomorrow in Downtown Bloomington. We’ll be serving black bean chocolate chili, vegan brownies, chocolate pu erh tea, hot cocoa and from 5-8pm we’re offering 10% off all chocolate bars! Hope to see you!

We’re also excited to announce that we’ll have fresh chicken from Sullivan’s Farm (Greenview, IL) available starting Friday night. They will be in our refrigerator for a few days and then frozen.  The chickens are humanely raised but not currently pastured because of a coyote problem. We’ve visited the farm and learned the meat birds are both male and female and have lots of space to live in.  If these are popular, we’d be able to get them every week!

January 20, 2016

Hope the new year is going well for you!  Right now we’re excited for Tour de Chocolat coming up on February 5th.  We’ll be offering chocolate themed refreshments: something sweet and something savory, all delicious!  We’ll also be offering 10% off all chocolate bars from 5-8pm.

December 14, 2015 

Hope your season has been running smoothly!

Just an FYI: We will be closing at 2pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day and December 26th. Open Regular Hours on Sunday, December 27th (11am-5pm)


November 12, 2015 

Two Weeks Till Thanksgiving!

Have you made plans for your main dish yet? We are still taking orders for local turkeys and have some in stock if you want one today.  For the veg*ns, we have classic Tofurky Roast, two soy-free options from Field Roast: Cranberry Hazelnut En Croute and 1 pound celebration roasts, and Gardein individual serving sized Savory Stuffed Turk’y. In stock now!

Look to our produce department for organic potatoes, local sweet potatoes, local butternut squash, local salad mix, fresh herbs and more. Of course we have all the staple items you might need; spices (New Turkey Rub or Brine Seasoning!), nuts, grains, sweeteners, flours, milks, and eggs.

For dessert, we have Wholly Wholesome pie crusts in organic whole wheat or gluten-free and bake-at-home vegan pumpkin pies. Also in the frozen section, Happles Organic Apple pie is handmade in Iowa with 100% Spelt crust.
To fill those crusts, we have locally grown pie pumpkins and organic granny smith apples.

For those with dietary restrictions, we have lots of dairy, egg, and gluten-free products. Many of these products are so similar to conventional products that your traditional family recipes can be made with little or no change of flavor. Try Tofutti’s dairy-free sour cream and cream cheese for sauces and toppings. For sweet potato and marshmallow casserole, delicious Dandies Marshmallows are made with no gelatin and no gluten. Earth Balance makes several alternatives to butter to fit dairy-free diets, some are also soy free. The staff at Common Ground is very knowledgeable about substitutions for diet restrictions so come in and talk to us.

Have a great holiday!

October 23, 2015 
Turkey update!
In addition to the local turkeys mentioned in our last post, we will also be able to order organic Mary’s Turkeys from our distributor. You can choose from 8-11.99 lb or 12-16 lb ranges at $5.99/lb ($10 deposit required) These turkeys are:

  • Gluten Free
  • No Preservatives
  • No Antibiotics Ever
  • Raised Without Added Hormones
  • Fed No Animal By-Products
  • Fed: 65% Organic Corn, 30% Organic Soybean Meal, 5% Vitamins and Minerals

In our freezer right now for the meat-free crowd, we have  Tofurky Roasts, Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry En Croute and 1 pound Celebration Roasts (Field Roast). Check in for more options still to come!

October 15, 2015 
We hope you’re enjoying this nice fall weather!  You may not have thought ahead to Thanksgiving dinner yet, but let this be your first gentle nudge that the holidays will be here before you know it!  This year we are offering for the first time, turkeys from Sullivan Turkey Farm in Greenview, IL.  The Sullivan family’s turkeys are pasture raised, free range, antibiotic free, fed no animal by-products and humanely raised.
Turkey are available in 14-18 pound or 18-22 pound ranges.  Pre-order by November 1st to lock-in the low price of $2.79/pound. After November 1, it’s $2.99/pound.
Orders can be made at the store or over the phone. A $10 deposit is required and can be taken over the phone with a credit card.
Check out the Sullivan Turkey Farm website to learn about their farm and cooking instructions.
September 17, 2015
If you haven’t heard yet from our Facebook page or Instagram.  We have a fresh supply of Goat Meat and Lamb from Thompson Farm in El Paso, IL. The lamb is 100% Grass Fed and the goat is Halal certified by Gridley Meats.  Also a fresh catch of Wild Alaska Salmon is in our freezer right now.
We’re also proud to have added another egg supplier to our local vendors.  Grani’s Acres  eggs from Fairbury, IL are Non-GMO fed and pasture raised.
August 13, 2015
Welcome back students!
Along with the students, we’d like to welcome back some regional products that have been away from our shelves for a while!
Three Queens Organic Maple Syrups are back! Made in Southwest Wisconsin, available in three types to suit your taste.  15% of all their profits go to art programs!
From their website…

Amber- Amber syrup is made from early season sap and is lightest in flavor. Ideal as a topping for ice cream or a sweetener for tea, it is the rarest of the three queens.

Dark Amber- Dark Amber has a full  flavor and a stronger maple taste. It is our best seller and has the right balance of maple goodness.

Very Dark Amber-  Very dark is our most robust of the syrups. Coming in at the end of the season, this syrup is rich in flavor and is a favorite for pancakes, waffles and french toast.

Our Date Lady product line has expanded to include Date Sugar. Date sugar lends a gentle sweetness to baked goods and has a fiber and mineral  not found in most other sweeteners. Organic and Vegan!  We still have the delicious date caramel sauce, pure date syrup and date balsamic vinegar.

New today to our regional product line are gourmet caramel sauces by Chocolate Twist in 3 flavors: Epic sea salt, cayenne cinnamon and soy balsamic.  Unique sweet and savory combinations will delight your taste buds!

July 23, 2015
Hope your summer is going well!
We continue to get new items in almost every week.  Some recent new items include:
Jackson’s Honest Chips  Sweet Potato, Potato or Purple Heirloom Potato. Made with Coconut oil!
Woodstock Organic BBQ sauces in Original or Chipotle (spicy!)
Boetje’s Stone ground Dutch Mustard Made in Rock Island, IL since 1889!
Cherry Man Maraschino Cherries. Farm to Market. All natural! No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives! Non-GMO Project Verified. Add to your ice cream sundae or cocktail without the guilt!
So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk in a convenient reclosable container!
One Degree Organic Ancient Whole Wheat Bread. 100% traceable ingredients!
July 1, 2015
Happy 4th of July! The Farmers’ Market is still going on and we will also be open for the morning.  Make your holiday cooking a local affair! We’ve got local meat to grill and the spices and veggies to accompany it.  Don’t forget your veggie friends, we’ve got meat substitutes from Field Roast (Franks, sausages, burgers), Beast Burgers, Tofurky (Brats and sausages), Gardein and Sunshine Burgers. Not to mention the vegan mayos, sour creams and cheeses.  Don’t forget the buns! We have Gluten Free OR Organic Whole Wheat. We’ve got you covered!
June 18, 2015
We are happy to inform you that we now have a whole kitchen team who is working more days per week to keep the hummus and deli salads fully stocked.  Check in daily to see what is available for a quick lunch, appetizer for a party or healthy snack!
June 11, 2015
Salmon is back! If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out! This sushi grade salmon is sustainably caught, cut, packed, frozen and flown overnight straight from the fisherman to us!  Watch Fisherman Tony Wood talk about his product.
June 4, 2015
More local produce is starting to roll in! Look for delicious fresh veggies from PrairiErth Farm, Ackerman Farm, Henry’s farm and maybe more.
DSC_7512Photo by Julia Klarman
May 21, 2015
Getting ready for the holiday weekend? We have a variety of local meats and vegan meat substitutes for your grill. We’ve recently added a selection of seasoning blends and rubs to our spice island.  Mesquite Barbecue, Island Jerk, Espresso Rub, Creole Seasoning, Tikka Masala, and Adobo are just a few of the spice blends you might want to try out!
***We will be closed Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.  Open regular hours Sunday and Tuesday.
May 15, 2015
Local products? Check! Local and organic produce? Check! Locally owned? Check! Knowledgeable staff? Check! Being heard about products you desire? Check! All these things are available in Bloomington-Normal now! We’re here to serve you!At Common Ground,We carry locally grown and produced items. These items are available year round: organic wheat berries/flour, organic corn meal, organic soy beans/soy flour, Kilgus milk, Witzig, Thompson and Dearing meats, Dearing and Cascade eggs, Ropp cheeses, Ludwig cheeses, fresh bread from Pekara and The Garlic Press, local honey, locally made soaps and skincare. Of course, sometimes availability is limited due to climate factors, especially when dealing with eggs.As Illinois weather permits, we start to get more and more local produce from our farmers. Currently we have some veggies and a plethora of greens.. From Henry’s farm we have spinach, sorrel and rhubarb. From PrairiErth we have salad mix (spicy or regular), beets, potatoes and radishes. From Greens For You we have baby kale, romaine, spring mix and arugula mix. We hope to get more variety from more farms as the season continues! All these are in addition to the selection of certified organic produce we get from our distributor. Seasonal items include goat cheeses from Prairie Fruits Farm and goat milk, yogurt and kefir from Green Meadow Farm in Arthur, IL. These are available springtime (now) through the fall.We are a locally owned and operated business. If you want to know who your dollars are going to support, just come in and meet our staff. All of us live within a mile or two of the store and love getting to know our customers. As a regular, you are likely to be greeted by name as you walk in the door. Our team is well versed in the products we sell and if we don’t know something, we’ll try to find out for you. You can count on us to give you the service you deserve.We carefully consider product suggestions from our customers and do our best to carry what you want. As a smaller store, sometimes space is an issue, but we can often order products especially for you! We are also able to offer a 15% case discount on most products. Don’t hesitate to ask for something you don’t see. We often get compliments about our selection and the efficient use of our space.We appreciate your business and support over the years.
-Common Ground Natural Foods, since 1977
April 30, 2015
We’ve added to our spice island again! Getting ready for grilling? In today, three new blends in from Vann’s Spices. Barbecue Rub, Mesquite Barbecue and Grilling Herbs.  You can read more about those and all our seasonings on the Spices page.  Try them with our selection of local meats or wild caught Alaskan salmon.
April 16th, 2015
Long time no update! We often have technical difficulties with our server letting us on to update, so be sure to check our Facebook page for the latest news and follow us on Instagram.
Oogies Food on Wheels return April 18th!
Always a hit with our customers, Oogies will be parked in the lot just North of the building from 11am-1pm. Join us for some fresh Mexican food!
Be sure to grab a refreshing beverage and a frozen treat for dessert at the store.
Prairie Fruits Farm Goat cheeses in stock now! Call the store for current selection.
February 19th, 2015

Goat Milk is back!
It’s that time of year we look forward to! One of the first signs of spring is the goat milk returning for the season.  From Green Meadow Farm in Arthur, IL, we have half gallons and pints of goat milk, quart sizes of goat kerif and plain yogurt, and four flavors of fruit-on-the-bottom goat yogurt.  It will be delivered every other Wednesday (Started February 18th)



Speaking of goat, we now have goat meat from Thompson Farm in El Paso, IL. Dan Thompson raises goats, lamb and beef. All are grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free.  For a limited time, we also have chicken from Thompson Farm at $4.49/pound

February 12th, 2015
We’ve added to our granolas and trail mixes from Wildtime Foods this week.
New Bulk items:
Aunt Ginger’s Snappy Granola
Salted Nut Mix (Organic)
Seventh Heaven Trail Mix (Organic)
New Packaged Granolas:
Cardamom Pistachio Crunch
Divinely Organic
Swiss Muesli (Organic)
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Nut
February 5th, 2015
We have a lot of new products, but we’re especially excited about the addition of  sockeye salmon from Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood that is sushi grade and sustainably caught. It’s hand-cut, flash frozen, packed and flown in the same day. We get it directly from fisherman Tony Wood. Watch him talking about his product:
Other new products:
Volcano juices (chilled and ready to drink!)
Earth Balance cheddar squares and sour cream and onion chips (vegan)
Tyrrell’s veg chips
Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips
Field Roast deli slices
Tofurky pepperoni slices
Field Roast Chao cheese
Beyond Meat “Beefy” crumbles
Udi’s Mighty bagels (GF)
Berlin Bakery sprouted spelt bread
Sweet Earth burritos
Maple Hill Creamery grass-fed yogurts (available 2/6)
Chocolove Chocolate bars (available 2/6)
We’ve added to our line of essential oils by Now.  Instead of having to mix them yourself, they are now offering pre-blended oils to use based on mood.
Peace & Harmony: Calming Blend
Peaceful Sleep: Sleep Blend
Clear the Air: Purifying  Blend
Mental Focus: Focusing Blend
Naturally Lovable: Romance Blend
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