NewsEater: Green City Farmers' Market Lincoln Park's 2021 Season Starts Next Month

Posted Apr 23, 2021

By Naomi Waxman, Eater Chicago

"Green City Market, the farmers market that’s served Chicago for nearly two decades, will return at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 in Lincoln Park. James Beard Award-winning chef Beverly Kim (Parachute, Wherewithall) will be there to mark the occasion and talk about her favorite produce, according to a rep. Markets are then slated to run on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the end of October.

New produce vendors will be on the scene including Star Farms Chicago, an urban vegetable farm based in Back of the Yards, and heirloom-only Frillman Farms in Lake County, Illinois. Midwestern-focused restaurant Daisies — owned and operated by Joe Frillman, whose brother runs Frillman Farms — will also join the market with ragu, pesto, and fresh pasta.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put enormous strain on every corner of the food and restaurant industry, including the farms that made a living selling goods at farmer’s markets and wholesale to local restaurants. Canceled markets and indoor dining bans starting last spring significantly disrupted revenue streams for small area farms, Green City Market — in a reflection of a national trendraced to establish a smartphone app last March that allows customers to order from multiple vendors and aggregate selections into a single delivery.

The market’s return means that Chicagoans will get to enjoy the fruits of their labor in person once again. Customers should come prepared to wear masks and abide by social distancing rules; capacity will be limited to 500 at a time. A full calendar of Green City Market events is available online."

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