Chicago gets 5 new farmers markets

April 27, 2012

Associated Press

Five Chicago neighborhoods will get new farmers markets starting this summer.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the neighborhoods Thursday. They will be located in areas that have limited grocery options, known as food deserts. The sites are near public transportation and will accept LINK cards.

Each market will have an on-site nutritionist, cooking demonstrations, gardening instructions, music and other community programs.

Local partners have stepped in to help with each new market. The costs of opening and maintaining the five markets for the next two years will be covered by Kraft Foods and Safeway Foundation, which will provide $75,000 each.

The city operates more than 20 farmers markets. More than 20 additional markets are operated by nonprofits, community groups and local chambers of commerce.

According to the mayor's office, the new farmers markets will be located as follows:


Healing Temple Church
4941 W. Chicago
Sundays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Programs, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
June 24 – October 28

Columbus Park
Harrison and Central
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Programs, 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.
June 26-October 30

La Follette Park
Hirsch and Laramie
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Programs, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
June 20-October 24

Austin Town Center
Lake and Central
Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Programs, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
June 28-October 25

Mount Ebenezer Baptist Church
3555 W. Huron
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4p.m.
Programs , 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
June 30-October 27