You might not realize that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared in his stay-at-home order that farmers markets are essential businesses. While the outdoor farmers market season might not be the same this year for families, some markets are working hard to reopen with social distancing measures and to serve as in-and-out markets. Read below to see which Chicagoland markets are offering in-person shopping or virtual options.
Status: Reopens June 13
You probably already know that the Green City Market in Lincoln Park is the city’s premier destination for organic local produce and other artisan products. While the physical market in Lincoln Park will reopen, they strongly encourage to pre-order for pick-up. Shop on the new app, Green City Market Delivered, with the latest produce and find fun kid-friendly activities at Virtual Club Sprouts.
While there is no open dating yet for the South Side’s outdoor farmers market, you can browse its online marketplace to order directly from the vendors. The market is also working hard to support its neighbors struggling right now with Market Box. Your family can help by giving a box to a community member for $40.
Though the market in Beverly is closed, regular vendors are offering curbside pickup and home delivery. Visit the market’s Facebook page for more information about the services offered until the market on 95th and Longwood reopens.
One of the area’s biggest farmers markets has adjusted its guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will miss the live music and cooking demonstrations, this year the focus is on food. Open from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, expect to wait in line with a face mask as crowds are monitored. Shoppers will also have to point at the products they would like as the vendors collect them in a bag.
The Mount Prospect farmers market will have some limits by only including food vendors. Shoppers will have to buy pre-packaged produce and booths will be spaced 10 feet apart. More safety guidelines for the market will come sometime in the next few weeks.
The outdoor market aims to open this summer with a plan in place to ensure safe social distancing. The Pilgrim Church parking lot will be open for drop off and pick up of pre-ordered purchases. Vendors would be set up along Scoville Avenue, South Boulevard and East Avenue with some restrictions in place. More details to come.
As guidelines are adjusted for the 2020 season, shoppers will still be allowed to stock up on produce while staying safe. The market will release more guidelines soon.
This Saturday market at Zabrocki Plaza usually offers a wide array of seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, flowers and plants. There are changes to keep shoppers safe during the global pandemic.
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This article originally published on May 10, 2011. It has been updated with the most recent information. This article also appeared in Chicago Parent’s June 2020 magazine. Read the rest of the issue here.