WICKER PARK — On its return to Wicker Park's namesake park, the weekly Farmers Market welcomed back mainstay vendors such as Crepes Paname and new sellers offering baked goods, non-alcoholic ginger beer and locally-fermented kimchi.
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 started on June 4 and will run through Oct. 29.
The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, which produces the market, sends out an e-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 June 2.
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).
Crepes Paname — A crepes stand that makes large sweet and savory crepes.
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,"
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
The Seedling fruit booth offers rhubarb and more. [Photos by DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]
Designer Anastasia Chatzka will be at the market once monthly to sew tote bags out of recycled shirts.
Garden Offerings flower booth.
A Crepes Paname chef prepares a fresh crepe for a customer.