We at Naturally Chicago — and our partners at SPINS — are pleased to start each week by shining a spotlight on five great Chicago-based Good Food and Natural Product brands. We love all of them equally. But… when the lineup includes two companies represented on the Naturally Chicago Board of Directors, well, please forgive us for a little extra chest thumping.

Aspire produces refreshing healthy energy drinks in a variety of delicious flavors, with no sugar, carbs or calories. Kim Feil, Aspire’s Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, is on our Board, and also serves as co-chair of our Marketing Committee.

Phoenix Bean produces amazingly fresh and tasty tofu and prepared tofu products, which you can find at farmers markets, many groceries, and under the Jenny’s Tofu label at all Whole Foods Market outlets in the Midwest. Phoenix Bean uses only non-GMO and sustainably produced soybeans grown right here in Illinois. Owner (and Naturally Chicago Board member) Jenny Yang is a longtime friend of FamilyFarmed, our parent organization: In 2015, she graduated in the very first cohort of our Good Food Accelerator!

We don’t play favorites, though, so make sure to also try these three great brands:

BrightFarms, which grows 1 million pounds of produce each year in a 160,000 square foot greenhouse in Rochelle, Illinois, west of Chicago.

Niloofar, which makes exotically delicious, Persian-style mixes of nuts, fruit and seasonings.

Big Shoulders Coffee, whose eye-opening brews have been featured at FamilyFarmed live major events over the past couple of years.

Got your snacks, your vegan mains, your salad and beverages. Sounds like meal time! Have a great week, and buy local!