JEFFERSON PARK — Nothing is worse than being forced to stand on a broiling blacktop during the dog days of summer.
Starting June 9, shoppers at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market won't have to risk heat stroke to pick up some fresh arugula or maybe some cheese curds.
"There's a big downside to being on asphalt in July and August," said Merril Miller, the president of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association and the coordinator of the market. "That's the biggest complaint we got from shoppers."
The farmers market, which also features crafters and food trucks, will move to Jefferson Memorial Park near Higgins Road and Long Avenue from the parking lot at the Copernicus Center. The market, which is in its third year, is a joint effort between the neighborhood association and the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.
"We really want people to use and appreciate the park," Miller said.
The newly formed Jefferson Park Advisory Council paved the way for the market to move, Miller said.
Many of shoppers' favorite vendors are set to return, although the lineup has not been finalized yet, Miller said.
More vendors will offer organic fruit and vegetables this year, Miller said.
On June 9, Rachel Decorvo, a horticulturalist for the City of Chicago, will be at the market to give gardeners planting tips. A plant swap will also take place.
"There are so many gardeners in this area, and everyone is outside digging in the ground this time of year," Miller said.
The rain-or-shine market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9, June 23, July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. Admission is free.