Two great neighborhood traditions take place this Sunday. I hope to see you at both–the Glenwood Sunday Market’s opening day and the 2nd Annual Wine Stroll, which benefits the Market’s food access programs.
Glenwood Sunday Market Kicks Off Summer Season
Summer is finally here and so is Glenwood Sunday Market, your Rogers Park farmers’ market!
The Market will kick off its eighth season with an OPENING CEREMONY this Sunday, June 4th, 8:45 a.m., in the middle of the market on southbound Glenwood, alongside the CTA tracks, between Morse and Lunt.
Join me as we recognize our partners in the Market’s Community Shares food access program, which purchases produce from Market farmers at fair market value, then donates the fruits and vegetables to Rogers Park organizations that address food insecurity in our community. The 2017 outdoor season will officially begin with the ringing of the opening bell at 9 a.m., and shopping will begin!
The Market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the farmers participating in the Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use sustainable or organic farming practices. The principle of “know your farmer, know your food,” is the watchword of the Glenwood Market, which strives to be the greenest farmers’ market in Chicago.
The Market runs every Sunday, rain or shine, from June 4th through October 29th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods are featured, as well as 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.
All season, the market will be offering opportunities to experience the benefits of getting to know the women and men producing our food through the Featured Vendor Program, which provides shoppers a backstage tour of each business at the market.
The market is accessible to everyone in our economically and culturally diverse community. Debit, credit, Link and SNAP transactions are accepted. The Market’s Market For All initiative receives grants and raises funds from individual contributions to make fresh food accessible and affordable to those using LINK cards by doubling the value of their federal food stamps. This enables the Market to triple the number of SNAP/LINK shoppers who can receive this benefit at the market.
The market has truly become the “town square” of Rogers Park on Sunday mornings–a great place to find the very best local, organically-grown produce and specialty foods, say hello to friends and neighbors, and meet great farmers and local food artisans.
Below is the wonderful group of farmers and food artisans that will be at the Glenwood Sunday Market this season. You will love them!
Amazing Kale Burger – allergy-friendly, vegan veggie burgers and prepared food
Bennison’s Bakery – fine European-style baked goods
Celestial Kitchens – seasonal tarts, galettes, and scones
Earth First Farms – certified organic berries, orchard fruit, veggies, apple cider
Elsie Mae Canning & Pies – pies, jams and jellies
Finn’s Ranch – grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, and eggs
Videnovich Farms – coming in August!
Gretta’s Goats – goats’ milk soap, certified Animal Welfare Approved
Hardin Family Farms – vegetables, fruit, apple cider
Honey-Works – honey, honey comb
Katherine Anne Confections – truffles, caramels
Lyons Fruit Farm – fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers
Midnight Sun Farm – certified Naturally Grown fresh vegetables, herbs, eggs
Milwaukee Homegrown – fresh flower bouquets
Mindful Baking – sweet and savory baked goods (gluten free)
Phoenix Bean – tofu, noodles, soy milk
River Valley Ranch – mushrooms and more
Sitka Salmon Shares – Alaskan fishermen seafood
Stamper Cheese – small farm artisanal cheeses
The Stick Up – frozen treats
The Urban Canopy – microgreens, veggies, Compost Club home composting services
Wild Beet Farm – vegetables, herbs
Wisconsin Fermentation Company (Black Garlic North America) – fermented black garlic, maple syrup
Archie’s Acres – guest vendor
Mickii’s Desserts – guest vendor
XO Marshmallow – guest vendor
Visit the Market’s vendor page and learn more about their wonderful vendors and see the schedule for guest vendor appearances!
I am pleased to be a long-time sponsor and supporter of this great neighborhood initiative. Join me this Sunday morning as we celebrate the beginning of another great farmers’ market season at Glenwood Sunday Market!
Rogers Park businesses host 2nd annual Wine Stroll to benefit Glenwood Sunday Market
Join me at the second annual Wine Stroll, this Sunday, June 4th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on southbound Glenwood, between Morse and Farwell (just south of the Farmer’s Market).
The Wine Stroll’s hosts and sponsors, Rogers Park Social and Rogers Park Provisions, arranged for a variety of vendors and brand representatives to be onsite throughout the event to guide you through the tasting process. You can expect to sip everything from bubblies to reds, whites and roses, as well as some unique options, such as vermouth and sparkling sake.
Tickets are limited. Tickets are just $20 in advance and $25 day-of-the event (if any remain).
I hear you asking, “What? All that for $20? That’s crazy!!” But that isn’t even all!
While sipping on fabulous wines, you’ll also enjoy the music of the Fumée Gypsy Project, a Chicago-based gypsy jazz band featuring Christy Bennett on vocals and various Chicago all star musicians.
…And a food truck will be on hand for your snacking pleasure!
…And if you’re not into wine, beer will be available for purchase and, of course, the Glenwood Sunday Market, Rogers Park Social and Rogers Park Provisions will be open for business as usual during The Stroll!
With the highest food insecurity rate on the North Side and nearly 10,000 Rogers Park residents receiving food access benefits through Illinois’ Link program, the cost of good, healthy food is out of reach for many of our neighbors. Glenwood Sunday Market’s dollar-for-dollar matching grant program gave away over $12,000 to Link shoppers in 2016 and is on track to surpass that in 2017.
Won’t you will help make good food available to everyone and join me at the Wine Stroll? Last fall’s event proved this is a glorious new tradition in Rogers Park. Don’t miss it! Buy your tickets right NOW!