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Wicker Park Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season With Ban On Plastic Bags

The market starts Sunday at 8 a.m. and runs through Oct. 27 at 1425 N. Damen Ave.

A seller, his dog and their rhubarb at a past Wicker Park Farmers Market.
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WICKER PARK — The Wicker Park Farmers Market is starting back up this Sunday and organizers really want you to bring your own bags — because there won’t be any plastic ones.

The market kicks off at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 27 at 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Alice Howe, who manages the market, said they did a pilot composting program in 2017, and last year they offered season-long composting. This season, they decided to take things to the next level by banning plastic.

“We’re hoping to lead as an example for other markets,” Howe said.

The schedule for extra programs at the market includes a free yoga class with Nature Yoga Sanctuary from 9 to 9:45 a.m., a free show by Mr. Dave Music from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and a free performance by the Wicker Park Choral Singers from 12 to 1 p.m., according to a press release. Compost drop-offs are also accepted all day with Healthy Soil Compost.

A monthly community book swap is also returning to the market this season on June 23, according to a Facebook event.

Walking, biking and taking public transportation is highly recommended for getting there. The market encourages patrons to bring and use cash, though a majority of vendors do offer card payments, Howe said.

This will be the market’s biggest season yet, with more than 35 vendors. Check out the vendor list here.

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