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May 1, 2014

The long winter comes to an end and Chicago Farmers Markets begin with an official opening at Daley Plaza on May 15

COUNTRY Financial 7th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest winner to be announced

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

Chicago Farmers Markets, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and COUNTRY Financial, open across the city this spring and run through October, downtown and in the neighborhoods. The City-run markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers opening on Saturday, May 10 at Lincoln Park (Armitage & Orchard) and Division Street (Division & Dearborn) and Sunday, May 11 at Beverly (95th & Longwood) before the official opening at Daley Plaza (Washington & Dearborn) on Thursday, May 15. A complete list of all markets with dates and times can be found at chicagofarmersmarkets.us.

New for 2014, some markets will become Community Markets. This is a new concept being introduced, as a market is reflective of the neighborhood it serves. Each market will have what you would expect at a typical farmers market with items like fresh produce, with the addition of music programming and non-food vendors like local artisans – adding a unique vibe to each market and expanding the neighborhood’s cultural assets, a priority of the Chicago Cultural Plan. Vendor selection has not been finalized to date.

“Chicagoans understand the importance of eating healthy but also, buying locally,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “This year’s Community Market program will build on each neighborhood’s personality with a variety of food vendors and unique works by local artists.”

The official kick-off of the Farmers Markets season will be at the Daley Plaza Market on Thursday, May 15, at which COUNTRY Financial will reveal the winner of the 7th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest during the 11am program. This year’s artistic theme is “Grow Your Own Way” and the winning design will appear on thousands of bags distributed throughout the season. Finalists are: Francesca Cedro, 11th grade, Lincoln Park High School; Alejandro Gomez, 12th grade, Lincoln Park High School; and David A. Paredes, 10th grade, Mather High School.

“Opening day for the Chicago Farmers Markets can’t come soon enough after an especially long, cold and snowy winter,” said Mike Fisher, COUNTRY Financial Agency Field Executive,New Market Development. “We’re excited to see all the vendors and shoppers as we introduce our 7th annual reusable shopping bags – and award scholarships to three talented students.”

Additionally, after a popular run last year, the Farmers Markets program will offer three night markets in three neighborhood market locations: Fulton Randolph Market District/Union Park Community Market (location TBD) each Tuesday beginning June 10 through September 2 from 4-8pm; Devon Night Market (2720 W. Devon Ave.) each Wednesday beginning July 9 through September 10 from 4-8pm and the Argyle Night Market (Argyle and Sheridan Rd.) each Thursday beginning July 10 through September 4 from 5-9pm.

While the new stand-alone Night Markets will happen weekly and include some vendors from the City’s other farmers markets, these will be unique, multi-faceted events which will include live performances and arts & crafts, with local artisans and local restaurants participating.

The City of Chicago, DCASE and the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) have once again partnered with Experimental Station to accept the LINK card at 15 markets including the six markets in food deserts. The Englewood Market at Anchor House is new this year and they have partnered with Urban Canopy to train urban farmers to grow and sell their produce on site.

The majority of the 2014 Chicago Farmers Markets will open during the month of June. (See below for complete list of markets.)

The Chicago Farmers Markets program is presented by DCASE and COUNTRY Financial, and sponsored in part by 93 XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS 890 AM & WLS 94.7 FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Department of Family and Support Services and the Chicago Tribune. For more information, call 312.744.3316 or visit chicagofarmersmarkets.us. Join us on Facebook at Chicago Farmers Markets and on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiFarmersMarkets).

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

COUNTRY Financial

COUNTRY Financial (www.countryfinancial.com) serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States. It offers a full range of financial products and services from auto, home and life insurance to retirement planning services, investment management and annuities.

 

2014 Schedule of Downtown and Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Downtown Markets

Tuesdays

*Federal Plaza

(Adams & Dearborn)

May 20 – October 28; 7am-3pm

 

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

(Chicago & Mies van der Rohe Way)

June 3 – October 28; 7am-3pm

 

Thursdays

*Daley Plaza

(Washington & Dearborn)

May 15 – October 30; 7am-3pm

 

Willis Tower

(233 S. Wacker Dr.)

June 26 – October 30; 7am-3pm

Weekly Neighborhood Markets

Tuesdays

*Columbus Park

(Harrison & Central)

June 24 – October 28; 2-7pm

 

*Lincoln Square

(Lincoln/Leland/Western)

June 3 – October 28; 7am-1pm

 

Fulton Market Pop-Up (New)

Fulton St. (btwn. Peoria & Green)

June 10; 4-8pm

 

Union Park Community Market (New)

(Ogden & Washington)

July 8-September 9; 4-8pm

 

Wednesdays

*La Follette Park

(1333 N. Laramie)

June 25 – October 29; 2-7pm

 

*Pullman

(111th & Cottage Grove)

July 9 – October 29; 7am-1pm

 

Devon Community Night Market - New Market

(2720 W. Devon Ave.)

July 9 – September 10; 4pm-8pm

 

*Ford City Mall - New Market

(7601 S. Cicero Ave.)

July 9 – October 29; 8am-1pm

 

Thursdays

Argyle Night Market

(Argyle & Sheridan Rd.)

July 10 – September 4; 5-9pm

 

*Austin Town Hall

(Lake & Central)

June 26 – October 30; 2-7pm

 

*Hyde Park

(53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.)

June 5 – October 30; 7am-1pm

 

 

Saturdays

Bridgeport

(35th & Wallace)

June 21 – October 4; 7am-1pm

 

New Market

*Englewood/Anchor House

(76th and Racine)

June 28–October 25; 8am-1pm

 

*Division Street

(Division & Dearborn)

May 10 – October 25; 7am-1pm

 

Lincoln Park

(Armitage & Orchard)

May 10 – October 25; 7am-1pm

 

Northcenter

(Belle Plaine/Damen/Lincoln)

June 14 – October 25; 7am-1pm

 

Printers Row

(Dearborn & Polk)

June 21 – October 25; 7am-1pm

 

Southport Market

(1420 West Grace)

June 21 – October 25; 8am-2pm

 

*West Humboldt Park

(3601 W. Chicago Ave.)

June 28 – October 25; 10am-2pm

 

Sundays

*Beverly

(95th & Longwood)

May 11 – October 26; 7am-1pm

 

*South Shore – Rainbow Beach Park

(79th & South Shore Dr.)

June 22-August 24; 12pm-5pm

 

*Garfield Park Conservatory

(300 N. Central Park Ave.)

June 22 – October 26; 11am-4pm

 

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