Usually we elected officials try to avoid being near individuals with sharp knives, but I’m making an exception this week at the Glenwood Sunday Market.
Knife sharpener extraordinaire, Dave Knells, will be at the Market this week to sharpen your knives and other utensils, and I’ll be joined by some of our local state legislators to mark the beginning of National Farmers Market Week with a special ceremony.
First up, the knife sharpener. Featured recently in the Chicago Tribune food section, Dave Knells has been sharpening knives and other instruments for the last nine years. Dave sharpens anything: knives, bread knives (large scallop), meat cleavers, scissors (utility and sewing), shears (zigzag or scallop), lawn mower blades, pruning shears and hedge loppers. Prices start at only $4.00
To bring your items safely to the market, Dave recommends wrapping them in a terry cloth towel and transporting them in a cardboard box or sturdy bag. So bring your knives and make chopping all those veggies, cheeses and meats at the market a breeze!
After you sharpen your knives, wrap them back up in that terry cloth towel and tuck them safely away, and stroll over to the corner of Morse and Glenwood at 10 a.m. where State Rep. Robyn Gabel, her state legislative colleagues, and I will be presiding over a short ceremony marking the beginning of National Farmers Market Week.
This year marks the 11th annual National Farmers Market Week. Since 2000, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture first declared National Farmers Market Week, the number of farmers markets has nearly doubled to over 5,000 markets nationwide. The Glenwood Sunday Market is one of the most recent, and, in my humble opinion, the best farmers market to arrive on the scene.
Most of us are aware of the health benefits of consuming fresh produce, but farmers markets also are an economic development engine. According to a statewide task force, promoting more locally grown food could trigger as much as $30 billion in economic activity in Illinois. For a summary of the task force’s report, click on the attachment below:
And the Glenwood Sunday Market has already produced enormous economic benefits to the 49th Ward by bringing hundreds of shoppers each week to Morse and Glenwood. Many restaurants and stores have opened their doors early on Sunday to accommodate Sunday Market attendees who grab a cup of coffee or enjoy a breakfast while shopping at the Market.
Below are some other activities to enjoy while at the Market:
10 a.m. Jeannie Arrigo folk & gospel
11 a.m. Sarah Jayne Parker
12 Noon Ulli Songs
1 p.m. Deb Seitz
The Power of Baking Soda: Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products
Eco-enthusiast Trisha Linwood shows us how to make our own eco-friendly cleansers and disinfectant, and toilet scrub. With more and more people becoming concerned about the chemicals they bring into their homes, and the price of commercial eco-friendly alternatives, this demonstration provides a cheap and easy alternative!
I’ll see you at the Glenwood Sunday Market . . . Your Green Stop on the Red Line!