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Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market Ends, Outdoor Market Returns in May

LOGAN SQUARE — This Sunday will mark the last indoor Logan Square Farmers Market of the season, but veggie lovers don't despair — the outdoor market will be sprouting a bit early this year.

The indoor market, held in the lobby of the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., will feature its usual array of artisan breads and cheeses and the sounds of a DJ or band, this week The Legendary Bourbonaires of Logan Square.

The Urban Folk Circuit traveling craft market will also be returning along with the Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a clothing swap whose volunteers provide lessons on DIY alterations.

As in years past, the Congress Theater has hosted the indoor market from November through March at no charge to the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the market.

But for the first time, the outdoor market will be sprouting a bit early.

After its usual hiatus, the outdoor market will open two weeks early on May 19, along with a few new developments, including more "short season" vendors.

"These are folks [for which] we have product that is ready to go either for a short a period, or who will take spots that will be held by produce farmers during the height of the growing season," said market manager Megan Larmer. "So, for example, Willow Garlic Growers who specializes in garlic, will join us in the fall for the last six weeks of the outdoor market before we head indoors."

The market will also be getting a new music coordinator, Neil Dixon Smith, who has been handling the music for the indoor season.

Larmer said there will also be more "associate vendors," who don't have their own stall but sell their products at a friend's stall.

"This allows us to diversify the products that are available at the market without increasing the footprint, which will stay the same," she said.

This Sunday's market will be open its usual hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The outdoor market's hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.