Stephanie Folkens

Stephanie Folkens

Director of Programs, Common Threads

Stephanie has work in both the education and non-profit sectors where she has seen to power of good food in action. As an educator, Stephanie saw her middle schools students struggle to stay focused during the day due to limited access to good food at school and in the community. After transitioning out of the classroom, Stephanie completed an Associates in Culinary Arts at Kendall College in hopes of working to provide education to students around cooking and healthy eating. She joined staff with Common Threads in 2011 and works with teachers, schools, districts, and universities across the country to bring nutrition and culinary education to a variety of educational and community settings. She joined the Green City Market Junior Board in 2015 to become more involved with local food at the community level. 

What inspired you to get involved with Green City Market?

I had been a regular shopper at the market for several years and appreciated the vitality and food access it generated in the community. As I learned more about the market's mission and vision and community work they did from friends on the Junior Board at the time, I felt it would be a great way to learn more about what is happening around local food and food access in Chicago as well as provide a way for me to more deeply support the impact that the market is making in Chicago.

What’s the most delicious thing you’ve ever purchased from the GCM?

Late season peaches and barrel aged maple syrup.

What’s your favorite GCM event?

The Big Table Dinners - every summer the Junior Board puts on a series of free dinners in partnership with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks to celebrate and feature local agriculture happening across Chicago.

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May through October (Outdoors)
Lincoln Park
N. Clark St & N. Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am–1pm
June through October (Outdoors)
West Loop, Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon St
Saturdays, 8am–1pm
November through April (Indoors)
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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Chicago, IL 60625

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