MAYFAIR — Three Northwest Side farmers markets are teaming up for a big outdoor debut this weekend with fresh produce, live music and more.
The Independence Park, Portage Park and Jefferson Park farmers markets are bringing back the Northwest Side Farmers Market Collective series 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
The market will have 18 vendors and a musical performance by Dave Smith, Jefferson Park Market Manager Merril Miller said in an email.
People will be able to snag locally made goods, fresh produce, coffee, cookies and more.
The mini series rotates dates and vendors so there is not a conflict with the individual markets, which will begin in June at their respective parks. The other collective market days are July 2, Sept. 3, Oct. 15 and Oct. 29.
“Over the years, we have been a meeting spot for many neighbors, friends, businesses and elected leaders, supporting small businesses as best we can,” Miller said.
The series began in 2020 as a way to support struggling vendors and offer outdoor spaces for all the markets during the pandemic. Market organizers decided to keep bringing the series back for spring and summer.
The Portage Park farmers market returns 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4 and will occur every first, third and fifth Sunday of the month at the corner of North Long Avenue and West Irving Park Road at Portage Park.
Jefferson Park’s market returns 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m June 11 and will take place on the second and fourth Sundays through October at the corner of North Long and North Lawrence avenues at Jefferson Memorial Park.
The Independence Park farmers market starts 9 a.m.-1 p..m June 11, and will occur on the second and fourth Sundays through October at Independence Park.
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