THANK FOR SUPPORTING OUR CHEF DEMOS THROUGH OUR GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN!
We are so grateful for the amazing support we received from so many people this year! Our GoFundMe Campaign raised $1,900 and supported an additional FIVE chef demos at our farmers markets throughout Chicago. These Chef Demos have a huge impact on people taking raw food home to cook, recurring attendance, trying new recipes and our chefs really like doing them too.
Communities that have been neglected and disenfranchised struggle to access natural, organic food, let alone local food. Most folks that buy raw foods know how to cook them but a generation (or two) of people are growing up with little to no education on cooking from scratch; creating a disconnect from the food that builds healthy minds and bodies. This is where very important people have a role to fill; engaging and leading the way by example.
Help us continue our efforts and support our chefs who are engaging and sharing their knowledge around the city. We wanted more people to eat well and feel comfortable cooking with local and organic ingredients. Thanks to you we accomplished that this year and have even higher hopes for 2018!
In an effort to increase the supply of fresh, local, and organic fruits and vegetables at Farmers Markets, we sell both our own Chicago-grown produce as well as produce from partner local farms. We attend markets all around the city: as far south as Beverly and as far north as Rogers Park. We’ve also partnered with the City of Chicago to manage and supply farmers markets in underserved communities on the city’s south and west sides.
WHY PARTNER WITH OTHER FARMS?
We strive to promote cooperation rather than competition with other farmers because we believe that in the long run this will be more beneficial for both producers and consumers. For many of our partner farms it is difficult to both master the art of growing food AND bring that food to markets - especially those located outside the City of Chicago. Most would rather spend their resources on the former, and at times the latter can be downright unprofitable for them. The Urban Canopy seeks to fill the need for more efficient distribution of local food grown by small independent farmers by buying produce directly from farmers at a wholesale price, and selling it to Chicagoans at a fair market price. This way the farmers benefit by being able to spend more resources on growing food while still getting their products out to markets; we benefit by being able to sell more at markets; and the consumer benefits by having access to greater quantity, quality, and variety of local, organic food.
INDOOR MARKET SCHEDULE '17-'18
61st Street Market (Saturdays)
- Market is located at Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
- Market is open 9am - 2pm.
- Market dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14
- Compost bucket swaps available
The Plant Chicago Market (Saturdays)
- Market is located at The Plant 1400 W. 46th Street
- Market is open from 11am - 3pm.
- Market dates: 11/4, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5
- Compost bucket swaps available
Faith In Place Markets (Saturdays and Sundays)
More will be added as the dates and locations become available to us! Check back often.