WOODLAWN — The 61st Street Farmers Market moves back outside on Saturday after a successful year of running the market through the winter for the first time.
“The market went great during the winter,” said Dan Burke, the market manager. “We're definitely going to do it again, as vendors were very pleased with their sales at a time of year when they most need the revenue.”
The market at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. will double in size when it heads outdoors, as farmers selling mushrooms, salad greens and baked goods will join the vegetable and fruit farmers on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will resume its weekly schedule, and cooking demonstrations will return through Dec. 13.
The market added four new vendors selling vegetables, fruits and herbs, along with Spark of the Heart, a Chicago company that sells dried soup mixes.
“We averaged 405 customers for the six markets in November and December and 350 customers for the once-per-month markets in January, February, March and April,” Burke said.
The weather is expected to be 59 degrees and rainy for the first outdoor market day of the year, according to the National Weather Service.