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Jefferson Park, Portage Park Farmers Markets Kicking Off for Season

  The   Jefferson Park Sunday Market,   which will return to   Jefferson Memorial Park  , 4822 N. Long Ave. for a second year, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month starting June 8 and running through the end of October.
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JEFFERSON PARK — Residents of the Far Northwest Side desperate to pick up some fresh arugula and cheese curds are in luck: Two farmers markets are gearing up in Jefferson Park and Portage Park.

The Jefferson Park Sunday Market, which will return to Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., for the second year, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The market starts June 8 and will run through the end of October, said market coordinator Merril Miller.

Heather Cherone chats about the events starting up soon:

The market, which was located near Higgins and Long avenues on the north side of the park last year, will move to Lawrence and Long avenues this year, Miller said.

The market, which is now separate from the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, spent its first two years in the Copernicus Center's parking lot near Lawrence and Lipps avenues.

"It is much nicer to be in the park," Miller said.

The Sunday market, which features crafters and food trucks, will include wares from Edgebrook's Local Goods Chicago as well as organic treats from Jefferson Park's Delightful Pastries.

Admission is free. For more information, email jeffersonparksundaymarket@zoho.com.

The first Portage Park Farmers Market of the season will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 near Berteau and Central avenues in the park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

A variety of vendors will sell produce, meats, baked goods, dairy products, as well as prepared foods and specialty items.

The Portage Park market will also take place June 15, June 29, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug, 17, Sept. 7, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5.

A new farmers market in Belmont Cragin will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 26, rain or shine.