LINCOLN PARK — Green City Market is set to reopen its Lincoln Park and West Loop farmers markets in April and May.
Green City Market’s Lincoln Park market, 1817 N. Clark St., opens April 1 and will run 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Wednesday markets will launch May 3, with times to be announced.
The West Loop location will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St., starting May 6.
Both locations will run through Nov. 18, officials said..
Four vendors are joining longtime favorites at Green City Market, according a news release. Kajer Greens will offer fresh items such as greens, root veggies, chicken and pork, while Windy City Mushroom will have gourmet mushrooms.
There’s also Flock and Forge, which will sell charcuterie cones and boxes made each day from ingredients sourced at the market, and Treats de cuisine, which will offer sustainably made dog and cat treats, according to the market.
Green City Market representatives said they hope the return of the popular farmers market can help neighbors who’ve been dealing with rising cost of groceries.
“The expensive eggs we’re now seeing in the grocery store are often months old. They’re less fresh, less nutritious, and less delicious,” Executive Director Mandy Moody said in a statement. “By contrast, the fresh eggs that you’ll buy from the local family farms who sell at Green City Market are gathered just before the market. Beyond a more delicious, nutritious egg, when you buy from a local farmer, you’re supporting the local economy and a sustainable food system. It’s a win, win, win.”
The GCM For All Program also will be back this season. Green City Market will match Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, two to one, up to $25 per market location, according to the news release.
People who spend at least $25 of SNAP benefits at the Green City Market will also receive an additional $50 in benefits to maximize the fresh food they can buy, the officials said.
SNAP benefits have been reduced nationwide as pandemic-era boosts were phased out.
The market also will offer community programs, including culinary demonstrations; the Club Sprouts, a weekly youth program; and field trips for local students, according to the news release. Chefs who shop at the markets through its Culinary Connections will get priority parking, according to the news release.
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