Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Farmers Market Coming Again to Archer Avenue; Fresh Fruit, Vegetables & More

Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce Event is Bigger Than Ever

By Mary Hadac
Southwest Chicago Post

A century ago, when Dutch-American truck farmers still tilled the soil in much of Garfield Ridge, farm-fresh produce was abundant and easily accessible.

That feeling has returned, in a modest way, every Wednesday--thanks to the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s annual farmers market will make its 2021 debut on Wednesday, June 2 in the parking lot of Mayfield Banquets, 6072 S. Archer (at Monitor). Hours are 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This year's market promises to be a mix of the most popular
Peach pies and more will be sold by Fasano.

sellers of 2019-2020, along with a few promising newcomers.

• Flowers by Sandi.

...and a few more.

There also will be several food trucks on hand.

The market attracts as many as 700 customers in just a few hours. As you might imagine, vendors who were at the farmers market last year are excited to be returning to sell their products to happy customers. 

“The first time I pulled into this event, I sold out in just 21 minutes,” said Peter Fasano, owner of Pies by Fasano. “I’m used to selling out at events like this, but usually it takes an hour or two. The Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce runs a good market."

The GRCC has been doing the work to stay informed on what current COVID-19 restrictions are in place in order to make the farmers market safe for the community.
“COVID-19 protocols are a moving target that changes every week” said GRCC member Torrey Lewis, a Garfield Ridge resident and senior associate at Friedman Real Estate. He serves as market manager.

As of this first week at the market, current pandemic guidelines suggest that unvaccinated people attending wear masks, though they are not required, Lewis said. Social distancing is still encouraged. 

The GRCC farmers market s scheduled to run at the same time every Wednesday through the end of September, with the possibility of going into October if demand is there, the weather cooperates and the city’s COVID restrictions do not ramp up again.

The Chamber welcomes inquiries from other farms and sellers of unique items suitable for a farmers market. Those interested should contact the GRCC through its farmers market Facebook page.

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