ENGLEWOOD — As summer nears, so does the desire fresh produce and fun things to do outside. If you’re on the South Side, here are some places where you can enjoy both. (Fun Fact: The first farmers market opened in the United States in Boston in 1634.)
Growing Home Farmer Stand Thursdays — Growing Home Englewood hosts this weekly market through October 21. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5814 S. Wood St. Growing Home offers freshly harvested organic vegetables, tours and cooking demonstrations. Cash, credit cards, LINK cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons are accepted. LINK customers can get half off on purchases up to $20. WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupon Book customers receive half off of their total purchase when using a coupon book.
Bronzeville City Market — The Bronzeville City Market will offer fresh fruits and veggies to locals at their new location, 4700 S King Dr. starting on July 7. The market accepts LINK and SNAP and runs Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through September 8.
Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s (IMAN) Fresh Beats & Eats — A family-friendly market focused on holistic health and wellness, Fresh Beats & Eats, 2744 W. 63rd St., is also known for its support of local artists. It runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 20, July 27 and August 3. For more information, click here.
Englewood City Market — This market, located outside the Martin Luther King Roller Skating & Bowling Center at 1219 W. 76th St., runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 14 to September 13. It accepts LINK and LINK Match.
51st Wood Street Farmers Market — This city-sponsored market at 1757 W. 51st St. runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday from May 5 to November 24 and also accepts LINK, SNAP, and LINK Match.
Plant Chicago Farmers Market at The Port Ministries— An environmentally conscious non-profit runs this market at 5017 S. Hermitage Ave., from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., July 13, August 10, and September 14. It accepts LINK, SNAP & LINK Match. For more information, click here.
UHSC FarmStand — This Back of the Yards market at 1809 W. 51st St., runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday through November 29. It accepts LINK, SNAP, and LINK Match.
Back of the Yards Community Market — Star Farm Chicago manages this weekly market on the corner of 51st and Throop St. It runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from June 5 to September 25. LINK, SNAP, and LINK Match accepted.
61st Street Farmers Market — The 61st Street Farmers Market, located at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., has been bringing fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheeses, and prepared foods from local and regional farms to Woodlawn and Hyde Park since 2008. LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons are accepted, and the market even matches LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder, per market day, as long as funding lasts. They have even more vendors than usual this year and their outdoor market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 26.
Gary Comer Youth Center Farmers’ Market — This youth-oriented market at 7256 S. South Chicago Ave., runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from June 18 to October 29.
South Shore Farmers Market—Runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at Rainbow Park Beach, 7337 S. South Shore Dr., starting in June. Keep an eye here for dates.
Trinity United Church of Christ Farmer’s Market— Runs Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July through September onsite at the church, 9500 S. Eggleston Ave.
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