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06.03.21 | Community

Farmers Markets In and Around Bronzeville, Chicago

At Sage Collective, we advocate for a primarily plant-based diet as part of our 9 Ways of Vibrant Living. There’s no better way to shop fresh – and support local – than to become a patron of your nearby farmer’s markets. With our first in-development residences underway on King Drive in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, today, we’re spotlighting farmers markets in and around the area for our future residents and community members to enjoy:

Bronzeville City Market

Bronzeville City Market kicks off the summer season a bit later than its local counterparts. This year, the market runs from July 11th to September 26th, every Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM, located at South King Drive and East 26th Street (4700 South King Drive to be more specific). In addition to cash and card payments (depending on the vendor), the Bronzeville City Market also accepts Link. 

Vegan Paradise Farmers Market

In contrast, the Vegan Paradise Farmers Market kicks off its season early in the spring. This year, the market runs from April 4th to October 31st, every Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, located at Plant Chicago (1400 West 46th Street). Vegan Paradise boasts being the only vegan farmers market in Chicago. Hosted by Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen and Bubbly Dynamics, they feature a rotating list of weekly vendors – plus, don’t forget to RSVP and save your spot before you go.

Plant Chicago Farmers Market

While Plant Chicago is the home of the Vegan Paradise Farmers Market, they also host their very own farmers market – Plant Chicago Farmers Market. This year, the market runs from June 5th to October 30th, every Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Enjoy being on the grounds of Plant Chicago’s innovative, closed-loop, open-source facility, and choose from their amazing list of vendors. Other benefits of the market include their local food box program, link matching, and online farmer’s market options.

Star Farm/Back of the Yards Farmers Market

Nonprofit urban farm, Star Farm, is the host of the Back of the Yards Farmers Market for their neighborhood. This market runs from June 9th to October 13th, every Wednesday from 3 PM to 7 PM, at 5256 S. Ashland Ave. This market is unlike any other in the city however. Started by Star Farm founder Stephanie Dunn, the market is housed in a brick-and-mortar food co-op renovated by Dunn herself, thanks to a grant from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund. While the building is still under renovation, the market will be hosted in its side yard for now. As part of the vision to create an oasis in a food desert, Dunn has invited community members to gather at the site, and other South Side farmers to house their offices there, too.

Whether you try one or try them all, these farmers markets are sure to add fresh food to your regular routine – and shopping at them will serve as an occasion to enjoy, too.

A row of fresh greens displayed at an outdoor farmers market
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