Everything You Need to Know About The Wicker Park Farmers Market

By Alisa Hauser | May 17, 2017 2:49pm
 Stamper Cheese at the Wicker Park Farmers Market.
Stamper Cheese at the Wicker Park Farmers Market.
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WICKER PARK — Returning to Wicker Park's namesake park next month, the weekly Farmers Market welcomes back several vendors and some new additions, such as La Farine Bakery and Windmill Ginger Brew. 

Located at 1425 N. Damen Ave. in Wicker Park — one-half block south of the CTA Damen Blue Line "L" stop — the 2017 market season runs on Sundays from June 4 through Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Missing from the lineup is Crepes Paname, a popular crepe stand that makes large sweet and savory crepes, usually for around $5-$8.

Hans Kumler, coordinator of the farmers market produced by the Wicker Park Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday that he has made several attempts to get in touch with Crepes Paname to see if they are joining the market. 

 Crepes Paname sells a wide variety of savory and sweet crepes at the Wicker Park Farmers Market, including this turkey-and-salsa crepe.
Crepes Paname sells a wide variety of savory and sweet crepes at the Wicker Park Farmers Market, including this turkey-and-salsa crepe.
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"I've been working on it but have not heard back yet," Kumler said.

Crepes Paname has been a part of the market for at least the past five summers.

Another new vendor this year is Wicker Park-based based Kinetic Ferment, which makes miso, kimchi and vinegar.

Kumler is launching a weekly Friday newsletter just for market-related news. To stay in the know, sign up for the newsletter.

As an additional bonus, there will be several free outdoor music and theater events happening on market Sundays, in partnership with the Wicker Park Advisory Council. Check out the volunteer group's "Create Series" schedule here, or scroll to the bottom of this post for the lineup.

Here's the list of 20 confirmed vendors, as of May 17.

Aruyveda Alchemists — Organic cleaning supplies and scents

Broad Shoulders BBQ — Jars of sweet, smoky and spicy barbeque sauces

Brobagel — Four types of bagels (plain, sesame everything, cinnamon-raisin) and four cream cheeses (plain, veggie, Sriracha, walnut-raisin).

Dove's Luncheonette — Seasonally rotating paleta (ice cream bars) and agua fresca, water sweetened with fruit 

Elsie Mae's Canning— Mini pies, jam, canned fruits

Fehr Bros. Farms — Meat, eggs

Garden Offerings & Petal's Farm — Florals & ornamentals

Ipsento — Nitro coffee (from a bike)

Iron Creek — Organic produce

La Farine Bakery — baked goods and bread.

Letizia's Fiore — Pasta, baked goods

Kinetic Ferment Co. — fermented foods such as miso, kimchi, vegetables, and vinegars

Mint Creek — Organic meat, eggs, prepared foods

Nichols Farm & Orchard — Seasonal produce

Pasta Pappone — Flavored pastas

River Valley Ranch — Produce, jarred goods, prepared foods

Seedling — Fruit, miscellaneous herbs & vegetables

Stamper Cheese — Artisanal cheese

Velvet Desserts — French pastries

Windmill Ginger Brew —  handcrafted nonalcoholic ginger beer that can be added as a drink mixer or enjoyed on its own.

The market accepts LINK and SNAP cards and offers the Double Value Coupon Program, which provides matching funds for LINK card users when they purchase LINK-eligible products.

There is no designated parking area for customers, although street parking is available. The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce suggests walking, biking and taking public transportation.

The Farmers Market, in partnership with the Wicker Park Advisory Council, will also offer the following events as part of the volunteer group's "Create Series,"

Wicker Park Choral Singers - June 4 at Noon
The 1099 String Quartet - Second Sundays, June 11, July 9, August 13, 2017 from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Theatre- Hikes - Third Sundays, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Historic Park and Garden Tours - June 4, 11, 18;  July 9, 16; August 13, 18