We're on a mission to secure the sustainable future of food. Our farmer support programs are centered around lifting up Midwest growers, promoting the environmental stewardship of land and responsible treatment of animals, and building a vibrant market for local, sustainably-produced food in Chicago.
At a traditional grocery store, US farmers only receive around 17 cents of every dollar you spend on food, according to the Farmers Market Coalition. At a farmers' market, farmers receive 100% of your dollar.
Green City Market believes farmers' markets are a powerful instrument of a local food system, and we're dedicated to creating widely accessible marketplaces for local food in Chicago where farmers can make a living wage.
Innovating NEW SALES CHANNELS
In the spring of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced our markets as well as restaurants and all kinds of businesses to close indefinitely, leaving Green City Market's 50+ farmers and food producers — many of whom wholly depend on farmers' markets and direct sales to restaurants — without a way to do business.
Just seven days after Governor Pritzker announced the shelter-in-place order in March 2020, Green City Market rapidly developed and launched GCM Delivered, an innovative online ordering and home delivery platform.
GCM Delivered made it possible for Chicagoans to order from dozens of Midwest producers and get their groceries delivered in a single, simple, safe transaction. Today, we continue to operate GCM Delivered in order to help farmers diversify their revenue streams, maximize their reach, and make their businesses thrive.
We're a market on a mission! Here's what our community of supporters makes possible:
Plant seeds of change
Did you know it takes nearly $250,000 to bring Green City Market to life each year? We're a 501c3 nonprofit that depends on folks like you to make our markets run and support costs like city permit fees, park maintenance fees, essential staff support, and more.
Ready to grow support for local, sustainable farmers and food producers? Give today and join our community of donors committed to the advancement of local, sustainable agriculture, food system education, and food security in Chicago.
With your support, we can create a more local, more sustainable, more accessible food system together.
UPCOMING Events With GREEN CITY MARKET
From farmers' markets to kids' programming, classes, workshops, and more, check out Green City Market's lineup of upcoming events.