Logan Square's Outdoor Farmers Market put on hold until end of May

Date: 
05/08/2020
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The 2020 outdoor Logan Square Farmers Market (LSFM) has moved its 16th season opening from May 10 to May 30, in co-operation with the City of Chicago and its Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as well as the Chicago Department of Public Health. 

With their close to 70 rotating vendors, many are virtually open for business with distribution at various locations. Until the outdoor market opens, the list below provides links to shop virtually. 

An independent versus City of Chicago Farmers Market, LSFM has been a major source of revenue for the Chamber. Operating in a different more health focused environment is going to drastically affect their income. Fewer vendors each week because of social distancing is going to decrease their income by 50 to 70%. Materials and possible crowd control staffing will be increasing their costs. 

Jessica Wobbekind, Logan Square Chamber's Executive Director and Rosie Fitz, LSFM Manager, are reaching out to the community for assistance. 

"We are asking the community members to make a donation to sustain the market for another year," explains Wobbekind. 

"Our goal is to raise $10,000 before our opening season kicks off. Please consider a gift of $10, $25 or $50 today," she asks. 

Market experience will be different
The market will definitely look different. Using the COVID-19 Illinois restrictions previously laid out, they have addressed social distancing, minimizing the number of people entering the market area at the same time as well as encouraging shoppers to come prepared to shop efficiently, to name a few. 

Here are the current list of shopper guidelines:

  • All shoppers must strictly follow these safety rules to protect all:
    • Maintain 6 foot distance between other shoppers and vendors. Guides will be posted on the ground
    • Wear a mask or face covering (insert link on how to use safely)
    • Be symptom free - DO NOT come to market if you are sick.
    • Plan to wait in line to enter (even if you pre-ordered).
    • No pets allowed.
  • Market hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Market will be open at 9 a.m. for the seniors, immuno-compromised folks, pregnant parents and all those at elevated risk for COVID-19.
    • Traffic through the market will be strictly one-way. Please enter the market at the intersection of Logan Blvd & Milwaukee Ave. You MUST check in at the INFO booth prior to entering the Market. If you wish to go back to a vendor near the beginning, you MUST exit and re-enter the Market and re-sanitize.
  • Vendor Listing/Pre-Order/Pick-Up
    • Market map will be posted weekly. List is subject to change.
    • To reduce browsing time, please prepare a shopping list in advance, by reviewing our vendor and offerings.
    • Drive-thru pick up unavailable for opening day. More TBD.
  • Shopping Time
    • Please limit the shopping party to 1 per household, consider buying items for your neighbors.
    • Market shopping time should be no longer than 5 minutes per vendor. To encourage the maximum number of shoppers in a day, your total shopping time should be no longer than 30 minutes. Please be mindful other shoppers are waiting.
  • Customers WILL NOT handle any food, vendor staff will hand you the item(s) you request.
  • No preparation or consumption of food onsite.
  • No compost collection or drop off.

"We also realize that our current model excludes a portion of our community. Currently, the State of Illinois is not approved by the USDA to process SNAP/EBT online. We will continue to advocate for improvements that allow for access to all," says Fitz. 

"Our community farmers have been the focus of our efforts," says Fitz. "They rely on these markets for direct sales as the crops are ready to go to market.

"We look forward to seeing you soon and in the meantime please enjoy the virtual market."

 

FARMERS     online store/ delivery? CSA/CSF? available at Dill Pickle Coop?  
*denotes certified organic   items available   LSFM CSA guide or other site  
             
American Pride MicroFarm   microgreens weekly deliveries, please call      
Bee in Beezyness with God   honey, candles     connecting  
  meat various pick up sites available yes    
Chicago Honey Coop*   honey yes n/a connecting  
Earth First Farms*   organic fruit & Produce   yes    
The Flower Garden   cut flowers      
Frillman Farms   organic produce order online, pick up at Daisies yes- contact for more    
Geneva Lakes Produce LLC   produce   yes    
Gorman Fresh Produce   produce        
gretta's goat milk soap   soap, eggs yes   yes + Wolfbait  
Growing Home*   produce   yes yes  
Iron Creek Organic Farm*   organic produce YES! yes    
J2K Capraio LLC   cheese     connecting  
Jacobson Family Farm   microgreens, produce yes    
Jake's Country Meats   meats yes  
Lyons Fruit farm   fruit        
Mint Creek Farm*   meat/eggs yes yes yes  
Nodding Onion Farm*   produce   yes yes  
Noffke Family Farm   fruit        
Oriana's Orchard   watercress, vinegar
Pick up in Skokie. Call Oriana at (847)712-9175 to call to order $10/lb, in box of 5lb minimum
     
Petals Farm   cut flowers yes      
Piedt's Farm   fruit, produce        
Pleasant Hill Produce   produce        
River Valley Ranch   mushrooms, salsa, more Order online for pick up   yes  
Roedger Bros Blueberries   blueberries pick up site available      
Sitka Salmon Shares   seafood yes yes yes  
Tomato Mountain Farms*   organic produce, salsa not yet yes yes  
Willow Garlic Growers   garlic!        
             
PROCESSORS/BAKERIES            
Abbey Brown Soap   soap, body products yes      
BOT Bakery   gluten free, vegan baked goods yes   yes  
Black Cat Kitchen   specialty food catering        
Coop Sauce   hot sauce yes   yes  
Central Pickling   pickled vegetables yes   yes  
The Chick and the Pea   hummus        
City Press Juice*   cold pressed juice pick up at various locations   yes  
Feed Your Head LLC   vegan yes  
yes + FoodSmart
 
Golden Rise Bakery   bakery        
Hungry By Nature   GF-free granola yes      
Ipsento Coffee   coffee yes   yes  
Jo Snow Syrups   syrup yes   at Wolfbait  
Karl's Craft Soup   soup    
Dill Pickle, Sugar Beet Coop & Green Grocer
 
Katherine Anne Confections   chocolate yes   connecting  
La Boulangerie   bakery yes      
Lemaster Family Kitchen   spice blends yes  
yes & at Wolfbait
 
Letizia's Bakery   baked goods yes      
Long Table Pancakes   pancake mix yes   connecting  
Middle Brow Bungalow   bread, beer, pizza yes yes yes  
Mindful Baking   gluten free, vegan yes   yes  
Montelimar Bread Co   baked goods     yes  
Mushyface Cookie Co.   dog treats yes      
New Wave Coffee   coffee open for pick up?      
NutMeg's Spreads   nut butters yes  
yes + Olivia's Market
 
Pear Tree Preserves   preserves     connecting  
Phoenix Bean   gmo-free soy tofu pick up, cash only  
yes + Foodsmart
 
Puna Chocolate Company   chocolate yes   connecting  
Recette   caneles     connecting  
SenTeamental Moods   tea blends yes  
Sheekar Delights   baklava yes      
Stamper Cheese Company   cheese yes   connecting  
Twisted Olive LLC   olive oil, balsamic vingear yes   connecting  
Underground Meats   dry cured salami yes   yes  
  soap yes  
Wolfbait & Potash on State St
 
  ginger beer yes   connecting  
Yoberri Gourmet   frozen yogurt takeout/pickup/delivery      
             
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