Fruit, veggies, flowers and herbs are growing like crazy, and the place to shop for fresh, seasonal produce is the 95th Street Farmers Market. Held in the city-owned commuter lot at 95th Street and Longwood Drive, the market is open every Sunday, rain or shine, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October.
Patrons are asked to use the east market entrance, where hand sanitizer is available to anyone who would like an application.
At the start of the season, the City of Chicago required markets to follow a “Grab and Go” model where customers were encouraged to shop at the market and then head out. Now that many pandemic restrictions have been lifted, the 95th Street Farmers Market is offering entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon and opening the community tent.
Family activities are also back! Beverly Branch library librarians will be on hand each week from 9 a.m. to noon, offering take and go crafts for children to create at home as well as a selection of free books to help children build their own libraries. Families can also get information about the Chicago Public Library summer reading program.
Complimentary face painting for children will be offered every other Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.
AndySunflower Café brews and serves coffee and drink, and Sweet Freaks is makes crepes to-order at the market.
The 95th Street Farmers Market vendors this season are: Lafevor Farms and Greenhouses, Stamper Cheese Company, John Bailey Honey, Coco’s Tamales, Breadman Baking Company, Piscasaw Gardens, Emmy & J’s Dips, AndySunflower Café, Lizzie’s Baked Goods, Noffke Family Farms, Sweet Freaks, Not Just Cookies, Urban Canopy, Down to Earth Beverly, The Smile on a Dog, Donut Foundry, Three Apples LLC, Yoberri, Finn’s Ranch, Danie’s Natural Juice Blends, and Aimie’s European Bakery. Lafevor Farms and Greenhouses, Donut Foundry, and Coco’s Tamales offer the option to place an order for pick up on Sunday. Visit their Facebook pages for more information.
Urban Canopy offers a composting program, and information is available at their tent at the market. Follow the 95th Street Farmers Market Facebook page and @95thstreetfarmersmarket on Instagram for weekly updates on products offered by the vendors and other market news.
The 95th Street Farmers Market sponsors include the premier sponsor, Beverly Bank, and Southtown Health Foods, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Rep. Fran Hurley, State Rep. Kelly Burke, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, Treadfit, TBK Promotions, Beverly Improvement Association, Beverly Area Planning Association, and 95th Street Business Association.