ROGERS PARK — A food insecurity and economic equality organization has launched a farm stand, selling produce grown in Rogers Park and available on a sliding pay scale.
A Just Harvest will run its farm stand 3-5 p.m. Thursdays at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Jonquil Terrace through mid- to late fall, depending on weather conditions.
That is the site of Anthony’s Garden, which is run by A Just Harvest in coordination with Gale Academy. Students at the school work with the local charity to grow the vegetables sold at the farm stand.
The farm stand will sell tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, Swiss chard, herbs, houseplants and cut flowers. Masks will be required for entry.
The stand will run weekly until it gets too cold to farm in Rogers Park. The season usually extends to the end of October, said Simone Bullen, leader of A Just Harvest’s farming program. Anthony’s Farm has a hoophouse and a greenhouse that extends the growing season.
Produce is priced low so it can be available to people of all financial means, and A Just Harvest allows people to pay what they can afford, Bullen said. People of means can pay more or donate to the cause.
“We are basically very flexible in our pricing,” Bullen said. “If someone wants to negotiate a price that is more doable for them, we are very open.”
Profits from the farm stand go towards A Just Harvest’s mission to feed community members in need.
A Just Harvest provides free hot meals noon-2 p.m. daily at its community kitchen, 7649 N. Paulina St. The group has also run a grocery delivery operation for neighbors who are home-bound during the coronavirus crisis.
Groceries are also available for pickup at the Paulina Street location 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays.
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