IRVING PARK — Three Northwest Side farmers markets are hosting a new joint market in June.
The Independence Park, Portage Park and Jefferson Park farmers markets now are forming the Northwest Side Farmers Market Collective. The trio is renting a parking lot of the former Sears at Six Corners, 4730 W. Irving Park Road with a tentative plan to host events June 14 and June 28.
Greg Shea, farmers market manager with Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association, said all three markets are struggling with not having parks and neighborhood spaces open to safely host shoppers and vendors.
Organizers started chatting and realized they could organize a joint market at the parking lot to help out their struggling vendors, he said.
“We’re just trying to ease that burden a little bit,” Shea said. “People love supporting their local businesses and buying fresh produce at our farmers markets. It’s been a really beautiful thing to work together and pull this off.”
The new market will use the WhatsGood to allow people to pre-order from market vendors for no contact curbside delivery and pickup.
“We’re still navigating a few things at the moment since we’re not doing it at a park anymore,” Shea said. “We’re still waiting for more guidance from the city and will use social distancing procedures to keep everyone safe.”
Below is a tentative list of vendors who will be at the new market in June.
• Lafevor Farms Montelimar Bread Co
• Tamales Express
• Elsie Mae’s Canning and Pies
• Hilary’s Cookies
• Fannie’s Cafe
• Finn’s Ranch
• Geneva Lakes Farms
• Stamper Cheese Co
• Klug Orchards
• pHlour Bakery
• Benton Harbor Bee Co & Fruit Market
• Thrift & Thrive, Inc DBA Perkolator
• Señorita Cupcake
• Chicago Marshmallow
• Six Generations Farms
• Sweet Beginnings, LLC (honey)
• Pappardelle’s Pasta
• Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
• Combat Kombucha
• Los Rodriguez Farm
• Pastured Perfect
• Global Garden Refugee Training Farm
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