Local farmers market season 2013 starts in Logan Square and plant sale update


Shoppers of all ages love Farmers Markets

Logan Square's Farmers Market kicks off their 2013 summer markets on May 19 on Logan Blvd. between Milwaukee and Whipple from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be accepting food stamps (Illinois Link/Snap cards) and credit cards. The last market will be held on Oct. 27. 

"The Last Kind Words" will be performing and the extensive vendor list may be viewed here.

The Logan Square market began in 2005 under the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce with the help of the City of Chicago's farmers market program. 

The Wicker Park Farmers Market will begin on June 2 and run between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Under the City's program, the market will be managed by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce this year. The City will devoting their resources and staff to food deserts and are therefore turning operations over to local chambers of commerce. 

"We are excited to have the market locally managed," said Adam Burck, Executive Director of the Chamber. Registration has been through the City though Burck indicates that now they will be handling that. Their number is 773.384.2672. "It is a transition year for us and we will know more after a meeting in two weeks." 

Though 18 of the 20 slots were filled as of a couple of week ago, Burck said that inquiries should go to the Chamber. The list of City Markets provides their times and costs for those who want to sell food or be a vendor.

Friends of Mitchell are selling unused 4-inch biodegradable pots, a variety of tomatoes, herbs and vegetables for $1 per pot. This is Friday only, according to Andrew Kaplan from East Village. He advises that one enters the sale area through the parking lot on Race, one block south of Ohio.

The Kilbourn Park's  May 18 and 19 plant sale, 3501 N. Kilbourn, as described before has been updated:

The Chicago Park District’s Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse is committed to local, organic, and sustainable practices and production. 

This year, we made a commitment to remove peat, a non-renewable resource, from our potting mix and replace it with coir, which is made from coconut husks. Our vendor created a peat-free mix with coir, rice hulls, worm castings and certified organic compost. 

Unfortunately, the peat-free mix combined with unseasonably cool temperatures and low light levels due to the aging greenhouse roof. The result is that the quality and quantity of our crops is far below our expectations and standards. 

Our plant sale will go on as scheduled [ May 18 & 19 from 10 am – 2 pm ], but the quantity of plants for sale will be extremely limited. The majority of plants we produced are very small and we will be selling those plants at reduced prices or for donation. 

At the plant sale Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will be selling certified organic compost, perennials, and baked goods. Proceeds from those sales will go to support programming and improvements to the greenhouse. Additional donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated.




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