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Chicago Farmers Markets Season 2012

33rd Season Opens In The Neighborhoods On May 12.


Much like spring, the City of Chicago Farmers Markets have returned, and the first markets will open in the neighborhoods, May 12 in Lincoln Park and on Division Street followed the next day by the Beverly market.  Chicago’s Farmers Markets are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and COUNTRY Financial.

Downtown markets will open with the season’s official kick-off at the Daley Plaza market, which opens on Thursday, May 24 where DCASE and COUNTRY Financial will reveal the winner of the 5th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest during the 11 a.m. program.  This year’s artistic theme is “Fill Up on Fresh” and the winning design will appear on thousands of bags distributed throughout the season.
DCASE has once again partnered with Experimental Station to accept the LINK card at 15 markets including the five newly announced markets in food deserts.  This season, when Link recipients use their EBT Cards they will receive LINK Bucks equal to their transaction (up to $10 per market day) as part of the LINK UP Illinois Link Program. Those markets are Tuesdays at Columbus Park (NEW), Lincoln Square and Federal Plaza; Wednesdays at La Follette Park (NEW), South Shore and Pullman Market; Thursdays at the Austin Town Center (NEW),Daley Plaza and Hyde Park; Saturdays at Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church (NEW), Division Street and Bridgeport; Sundays at Healing Temple Church (NEW), Beverly and Wicker Park/Bucktown.

“We’re pleased to open these markets as our spring has provided so much fresh produce,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone.  “And we’re really looking forward to seeing the winning design by one of our Chicago Public High School students for the 2012 Farmers Markets season’s reusable bags.”

The majority of the 2012 Chicago Farmers Markets will open throughout the month of June.

“The markets enrich the city, and we’re thrilled to be back as the presenting sponsor,” said Michael Fisher, vice president of market development for COUNTRY Financial. “We’re looking forward to seeing all of the vendors, market shoppers, and we’re really excited that the new markets scheduled will bring fresh and local goods to even more Chicagoans.

The Chicago Farmers Markets program is presented by DCASE and COUNTRY Financial, and sponsored in part by 93 XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS 890 AM & WLS 94.7 FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune.

For more information, visit http://www.chicagofarmersmarkets.us/

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