CHICAGO — Northwest Side residents looking for organic choices will have a new option when a new farmers market opens Sunday in Belmont Cragin.
Kelly Rauch, manager of the Belmont Cragin farmers market, began creating the market in October when she felt there weren't enough sustainable and organic options in the community and no one was doing anything to bring those options to the area.
"I'm invested pretty heavily [in the market]. I thought this would really be something to help the small businesses in the community," Rauch said.
The market will be held in the PNC parking lot, at 5446 W. Belmont Ave., with about 25 vendors offering local sustainable goods such as produce, jams, coffee, baked goods, free-range meats and eggs and artisan crafts. It will feature vendors offering food straight from the farm, prepared goods from local vendors and indie artists selling homemade goods.
Vendors include Arnold Farms, Willow Ridge Organic Farms, Brightflower Farm, James Armstrong Farm, Lyons Fruit Farm, John Bailey Fruit Farm and Wolf Point Farms.
Those seeking already prepared foods from vendors have the following options: St. Roger Abbey, Portage Grounds, Katic Breads, Tamales Express, Spice Roads Granola, D-ology, Weeds & Roots, Pals with Pawz, Ingram's Jam & Bread and Chocolate Twist.
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