About Us

 

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote sustainable living by providing wholesome food, supplements, personal care and wellness products, as well as earth-friendly household supplies. We are committed to providing affordable products and services to meet basic needs. We work with local farmers and small businesses to provide an outlet for local products that promote health and well-being. We provide educational opportunities for our customers to learn the principles and practices of sustainable living.

Town Square Market wants to redefine how you think about grocery shopping. We’re local and family-owned, small yet affordable. We’re big on values and service. We know the importance of supporting other local businesses and building community. Since our opening in 2006, we’ve been located in the historic district of Carbondale, Illinois.

Our values show in our mission to promote sustainable living in every way. Understanding that food and nutrition, as well as good health, are essential birthrights, the Town Square Market makes every attempt to provide the highest quality products at affordable prices. Special care is given to the selection of everything in our store. Our goal is to offer organic and natural products from local providers as often as possible. We also consider each product’s impact on the environment and avoid GMO ingredients and products considered harmful.

Service is a critical part of our mission. Our aim is to spread the word about healthy living by offering classes on a variety of subjects like cooking, alternative medicine, organic skin-care and much more.

Low prices are important to us, because we know that organic food and natural products can be expensive. We search for reasonably priced items and offer sales on discounted items. We believe our efforts allow you to shop in our store with confidence, knowing our items have been chosen with quality, sustainability and value in mind.

Volunteers are another way we keep our staffing costs low and build community. Volunteers typically work 2-4 hours a week. Come enjoy our friendly atmosphere while you learn more about natural products. Call us or come by the market to talk to a manager about joining our team! We even sweeten the deal by offering a 10% discount on an entire shopping trip for each four hours you volunteer.

Building community is one of our goals. At Town Square Market we support local farmers who provide us with produce, meat and eggs raised in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner. 

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Todd Brown, TSM Produce Manager (right), receiving blueberries from local farmer Phil Mendenhall

The Town Square Market is a favorite spot for SIU Media Arts students to use in their school projects. Over the years we’ve appeared in several student-made films. Recently, we were the subject of a video class project to make a promotional video for a local business. (Video below)

SIU Video Class Project 2014

SIU video class project

We also partner with local health care providers to offer workshops and events that educate people on how to improve their health. During the summer months, we participate in the weekly Friday Night Fair hosted by Carbondale Main Street at the Town Square Pavilion.