LOGAN SQUARE — The Logan Square Farmers Market has a new home for the winter season.
This year, the indoor farmers market will set up shop in west Logan Square at a warehouse at 2537 N. Pulaski Road, a site that almost become a music venue.
Farmers market vendors will take over the warehouse beginning Nov. 21. From there, the indoor season will run for 19 consecutive Sundays, including through the holidays, said organizer Nilda Esparza, the head of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce. Each market will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Esparza said she learned of the warehouse from a series of Block Club articles from 2019 on a music venue proposed for the site. After receiving fierce pushback from neighbors, Ald. Felix Cardona Jr. (31st) rejected the music venue proposal, leaving the site open for other opportunities.
The former marble plant has room for about 30 vendors.
“I just called the alderman’s office and right away were were able to lock things in for the season. It worked out beautifully,” Esparza said.
The new location comes after the market was kicked out of The Fields warehouse last November over concerns the weekly event was siphoning business from the ground-floor grocery store Cermak Fresh Market. The shakeup left vendors scrambling.
Esparza ended up moving the market to the Rockwell on the River warehouses at 3029-31 N. Rockwell St. in Avondale, where it remained for the rest of the indoor season.
The last outdoor market of this year’s spring/summer season falls on Halloween. In celebration of the holiday, market-goers and vendors are encouraged to wear costumes. There will also be a craft table and free candy. “We really wanted to go out with a bang,” Esparza said.
To become a Logan Square Farmers Market vendor, fill out an application online.
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