Digital Farmer’s Market Season is Here

14 April 2020

Produce at a farmer's market

 

Craving something other than take-out? You’re in luck, because spring in Chicago is the start of farmer’s market season. Adapting to current times, the farmer’s market season is still kicking off as scheduled, with a local farmers market collective ensuring independent farmers can supply fresh produce right to your doorstep.

Like many other industries, fresh markets have adjusted to function during the COVID-19. “Farmers are struggling, same as everyone,” said Stef Funk, program coordinator for Plant Chicago, an environmental nonprofit in Back of the Yards. Plant Chicago established the Chicago Farmer’s Market Collective two years ago so that local, independent farmers could stay connected and share resources. Now, that connection is more crucial than ever.

Chicago Farmer’s Market Collective is discovering new avenues for farmers to continue earning revenue that would otherwise be lost during the start of a usually vivacious farmer’s market season. Immediately after the Illinois shelter-in-place order was issued, Funk and the Plant Chicago team were at the drawing boards considering how to help local farmers stay afloat under the circumstances. “Us already being in place meant that we were able to hit the ground running and put together an online farmers market in less than a week,” Funk said.

Rallying together to create one, online farmer’s market resource, the Chicago Farmer’s Market Collective includes markets from neighborhoods all across the city, including Back of the Yards, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, McKinley Park, Rogers Park, West Loop and Woodlawn. Several more farmers markets are slated to join the virtual farmer’s market soon. For now, the variety of vendors are offering pick-up and delivery options for those in need of some fresh produce, and wanting to help out the local agriculture industry. 

Visit and shop online from the Chicago Farmer’s Market Collective here