I saw some posts with posters asking if there were any members in their area, so I thought I'd give it a shot...I doubt I'll get any responses but it's worth a try, right?
There's a vegan meet up group here that's pretty big and popular, but I'm obviously not interested in that. But I love the concept of the group. I guess that sadly, paleo obviously isn't "cool" enough for a group, but I'd love to find people in the area to discuss local farm foods, best places to purchase items, sales, etc.
So...anyone lurking around in the corn fields in the Champaign/Urbana area?
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on March 27, 2012
at 02:39 PM
I lived there for three years. My sister goes to school there, though now she is abroad. I visited there with Chris Masterjohn last summer and had a good time. The farmer's market in CU is pretty great (Triple S has good meat), the Common Ground Coop had really expanded and improved (though the selection of meat seemed kind of thin), and we had an excellent meal at Bacaro. I was also pleased by Black Dog Smoke and Ale House, which has grass-fed meat.
I had my run-ins with vegans while I was there. I mean, the enthusiastic vegan student groups were one of the things that attracted me to veganism. I remember how enthusiastic I used to be about the Red Herring (despite the objective fact that it's rather grimy), particularly the Hare Krisna meals on Monday night. All you can eat carbz for $5! Pasta covered in peanut stuff! No wonder I was so sick. That was the really annoying thing about when I first changed my diet- it seemed all the students I knew either followed a vegetarian/vegan diet OR just ate the cheapest thing possible. But you know, I've lived a lot of places since then and finding people who eat the way I do is always a tough thing.
I was considering moving back there, so I friended this guy I met when I first started eating meat because I knew he was doing charcuterie. Turns out he's opened up his own business. I would check it out. There is also a Slow Food group.
You could also try starting a meetup on Meetup.com or a Facebook group. The former is probably better for attracting people, but you have to pay $$.
on March 27, 2012
at 04:51 AM
My husband grew up in C-U and we lived there for a few years - we're in Saint Louis now, but we still stop into town from time to time!
Common Ground Food Co-op sold paleo friendly granola (loose, and in bar form) and almond flour cookies when i worked there - all locally made. I've heard rumors through the grapevine that they'll be getting a butcher and fresh meat after their impending expansion, too!
And of course, the Urbana Farmer's Market can't be beat for local/organic produce - I was a vegan when I lived there, so I actually don't know how the meat/egg supply is at the market. There are several good CSA's in the area as well - anyone at the co-op should be able to set you up with the info on those.
on November 25, 2013
at 05:57 PM
I am from CU and would like to know more Paleo locals. So I started a Facebook group.
Hopefully we can get some people on it and get some conversations and meet ups going.
on October 01, 2013
at 01:18 PM
I dont know if anyone still views this thread, but im a paleo student @ uiuc! It would be awesome to find a group of paleo enthusists in the area!
on October 01, 2013
at 01:17 PM
I dont know if this thread has any viewers @ this point, but I am a student and I am paleo!!
on August 04, 2013
at 03:00 PM
Hi there folks! I moved near the Champaign-Urbana area (I reside in Paxton) around the beginning of June and have started following the paleo lifestyle just a few weeks ago. I was wondering if there are any other paleo folks out there that would like to meet up and hang out every once in a while. I'm open to meeting people!
on January 29, 2013
at 03:52 AM
Hi! I'm in the CU area and currently attend school here. I SO wish there was a paleo group or something on campus. Time to start an RSO?
on January 04, 2013
at 03:17 PM
I had the thought to ask and see if anyone else was here as well. Do locals want to start a potluck group or something?
on January 03, 2013
at 06:23 PM
jUst trying, who knows,
I am graduate student visiting UIUC for this Spring semester, looking for accommodation.
Any paleo friendly house with a room, plenty of light and outdoor space?
on November 07, 2012
at 04:06 AM
I live just outside of CU, if you're looking for good meat Triple S is organic but not grassfed, I really like South Pork ranch in Chatsworth, IL. They are organic grassfed and have both beef and raw milk. They also have pork that was fed the extra milk it is awesome. Chatsworth is about 45 minutes from CU but its well worth it. Check out Southporkranch.com to check it out. There will not be any mention of the milk since it is illegal to advertise raw milk but its there.
on May 11, 2012
at 06:26 PM
Hey there, I just joined paleohacks because I had the same question. I live in CU and have been gluten-free for a while, but just started getting into paleo. If you are interested in grass fed meat, Triple S Farms is at the co-op and the farmers market. They also have a buyers club that gives you a percentage off your meat. I also have a CSA through Tomahnous Farms for veggies, chickens, and eggs. I would love to get to know other local paleo people to share ideas and recipes!
on April 03, 2012
at 04:21 AM
I'm a graduate student and reporter in the C-U area and am doing a series on alternative diets in families. Anyone here on a family paleo diet (i.e. the child/adolescent is also paleo)? Please let me know as I would be interested in an interview. I'll also gladly take any questions you may have.
on April 02, 2012
at 02:46 AM
I cook for two individuals that are on strict paleo diet. I shop at Strawberry fields, coop, natural gourmet, and the county market (the one on Duncan and Kirby). Not sure exactly what answers you are looking for but happy to share anything helpful.