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Logan Square Farmers Market Finds New Home for Winter Season

By Janet Rausa Fuller | October 17, 2013 12:49pm
 The Logan Square Farmers Market and The Nosh will share space on Sundays at 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square Farmers Market partners with The Nosh
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LOGAN SQUARE — The Logan Square Farmers Market is moving to its new winter home and taking The Nosh with it.

The Sunday farmers market, previously held during the winter inside the blighted Congress Theater, will start up Nov. 3 at the old Pierre Bakery building, 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave.

It will share the space through March 30 with The Nosh, a new food festival that popped up on Saturdays this summer in the parking lot of the A.N. Pritzker School in Wicker Park.

The hours for both markets run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That's an extra hour for the farmers market, which in the past closed at 2 p.m. in the cold months.

The new digs are only temporary — the bakery building is slated for demolition.

"We have another year hopefully to find another location," said Linnea Blomgren, office manager for the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce.

Nosh founder Alan Kannof first met Paul Levin, the chamber's executive director, when he was scouting locations for his weekly food market, which spotlights up-and-coming businesses.

"We both felt that it would be a really great synergy" to partner for the winter, Kannof said. "We could both benefit."

The Nosh plans to have a rotating lineup of about 15 vendors every Sunday and two food trucks parked outside in the building's generous lot (reserved for vendors, not the public).

"Part of the whole experience is people coming to the market and seeing their food actually cooked," Kannof said.

A lunchtime pop-up version of The Nosh inside the Block 37 mall downtown also is in the works for December, Kannof said.

The last outdoor Nosh is Oct. 26, and the final outdoor farmers market is Oct. 27. The Oct. 19 Nosh is Chili Day, with $3 samples of more than a dozen chilis from such vendors as Kuma's Too, Interurban Cafe and Pastry Shop and Bergstein's NY Delicatessen.