There’s plenty to do this Sunday in the 49th Ward!
Summer’s finally here and so is the Glenwood Sunday Market . . . Your Green Stop on the Red Line!
The Glenwood Sunday Market will kick off its second season with a COMMUNITY BREAD BREAKING CEREMONY this Sunday, June 5th, 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Morse and Glenwood. Several local community and religious leaders will join me to usher in the Market’s opening day.
Last year’s inaugural season was a smashing success, so much so that the Market was voted thefavorite farmers’ market in Illinois by the American Farmland Trust. The Glenwood Sunday Market blew away the competition in our state, including the largest and most established farmers’ markets in Illinois.
The Market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use organic farming practices. The principle of “know your farmer, know your food,” is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market, which is striving to be the greenest market in Chicago.
The Market resides on Glenwood Avenue between Morse and Lunt in the heart of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. The Morse-Glenwood streetscape construction project is now fully completed and you will no longer have to dodge construction cones and barricades!
The Market will run every Sunday from June 5th through October 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods will be featured as well as weekly entertainment, educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. The Market is conveniently located just steps from the Morse Avenue stop on the CTA’s Red Line.
The Market will be accessible to everyone in our economically and culturally diverse community. VISA, MasterCard, Link and SNAP transactions will be accepted. The Market is offering a Market for All Programto those using Link and SNAP cards and will provide matching funds to make organic fresh produce more affordable for low-income families.
The Market was born out of a grassroots community effort, with local residents and business owners working together over the past three years in a committee chaired by my wife, Barbara. I am proud to be one of the founding members, together with the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the 49th Ward Green Corps, the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, the Rogers Park Community Council and the Clark Morse Glenwood Special Service Area #24.
For more information on the Sunday Market, visit their web site at www.glenwoodsundaymarket.org.
After you shop at the Market, join me for two special neighborhood events:
The Rogers Park Business Alliance is hosting its second annual Hog Wild Benefit. Join us for a pig roast and BBQ from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in front of Duke’s Bar, 6920 N. Glenwood. Enjoy live music, food, drinks and fun! Food will be provided by Act One Gastropub, Duke’s Bar, Green Spirit, Grill Inn, Heartland Cafe, JB Alberto’s, Morseland, Rub BBQ Company, Sweet Attila’s, Unforgettable Chocolates and many more.
The first beer, craft liqueur or soft drink is free!
The cost is $20 if you order your tickets in advance, $30 at the door. To order tickets, CLICK HERE.
On your way home from the Market, stop by the Rogers Park Garden Group’s “Divide and Donate” Spring Plant Sale. The sale takes place this Sunday, June 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1434 W. Greenleaf.
Twice a year the Rogers Park Garden Group (RPGG) organizes plant and garden treasure sales that raise funds to support their “Adopt the Public Way” grants program. The grants have helped finance many of the neighborho od’s parkways and public spaces. This funding would not have been accomplished without the generous support and donations of RPGG members, local business, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and trowel digging garden enthusiasts.
If you’re reading this on or before Friday, June 3rd, it’s not too late to donate your plants to the Spring Sale. Before throwing that invasive fern into the compost pile, pop it in a pot and donate it for the RPGG’s Spring Plant Sale. So come out of the shed, you trowel digging garden enthusiasts and help the RPGG’s Plant Sale with your extra plants! The garden you may be helping with your fern donation could be the parkway across the street from you!
Plant donations will be accepted through June 3 at 1434 W. Greenleaf. Pots will be available at same location if needed. All plants can be left by the west side of the garage.
When donating plants, please leave a description of the plant (name, color, whether it’s a shade or sun plant, etc.) and your name. You can also email the information to Karen McCarthy or respond through the RPGG web site: http://www.rogersparkgardengroup.org/