Chicago Market Newsletter — November 2023
Uptown Farmers Market Recap
Our 2023 Uptown Farmers Market season was fantastic! A few quick stats:
- 27 markets
- 34,000+ shoppers (more than double last year's number)
- 30 vendors, 15 community partners
- 45+ volunteers (700+ hours of time)
- 15,000+ compostable bags (at no cost to vendors)
- 700 reusable totes
- 864+ gallons composted
- $26,396 in SNAP and Link Match sales
- $650 in Market Bucks winnings
Thanks to our amazing farmers and food producers. Thanks to all our volunteers who set up, strike, staff the SNAP/Link Match table, and more. Thanks to our supportive sponsors who make so much possible. Thanks to our musicians who make it joyful. Thanks to the team at Sunnyside Mall Uptown for hosting.
And a sincere thanks to all who shop the market.
Together we all make the Uptown Farmers Market such a wonderful thing in our community.
And a huge thanks to Owner Rick Baer who volunteers his time almost every week shooting the photos we feature in the video and in all our advertising and promotion of the market.
Chicago Premiere of Common Ground
Common Ground is a rousing and uplifting feature-length documentary that shows a pathway to transform our current agricultural food system into an ecological way of growing food that can restore our health, our communities, and our climate. Directed by eco-filmmaking duo, Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell (Fuel, The Big Fix, Kiss the Ground), the film features appearances and narration by notable Hollywood talent including Laura Dern, Jason Momoa, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, lan Somerhalder, and Donald Glover.
The filmmakers and other food luminaries — including Chef Rick Bayless (Chicago Market Owner!), and pioneering urban farmer Will Allen — will be at the VIP event and part of a discussion after the film that Naturally Chicago's Jim Slama is moderating.
Saturday, November 18, Music Box Theatre
6:30 pm: VIP Reception with Filmmakers and Speakers
8:00 pm: Film Premiere
9:45 pm: Discussion with Filmmakers and Experts
TICKETS (general admission and VIP; both include post-film discussion)
Foodshed Champions raises up the activists, advocates, and organizations in our foodshed who are making a difference. Learn more about them and support any way you can.
Impact Culinary Training
Impact Culinary is a 12-week, no-cost training program for young adults ages 16-24 on Chicago's West Side. Courses take place at The Hatchery and are followed by a 4-week paid internship at a Chicagoland restaurant.
Two of our chef Owners participate as teachers there — Rick Bayless of the Frontera group and Paul Fehribach of Big Jones. Bayless appeared recently on WGN talking about the program.
Support if you can — one day these trainees may be working in Chicago Market's kitchen!
Food Waste Job Alert
The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) a nationwide, non-partisan advocacy organization with a 50-year track record of winning policy change to protect the environment, public health, and consumers. PIRG is currently hiring for two positions on their campaign to end food waste. They are looking for individuals who would be passionate to run campaigns that push to make our nation’s food consumption more sustainable.
Food Waste Campaign Associate (Chicago) Entry-level | Full-time
Food and Agriculture Advocate (Chicago) Mid-level | Full-time
News from Our Business Owners
"We're excited to announce that Alternative Strategies is not only a proud owner but also the chosen agency for PR and Media outreach for Chicago Market. We're eagerly anticipating the opportunity to raise awareness and share the incredible story of Chicago Market with a broader audience."
"We are running Chicago Fair Trade's 10th Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop through December 23. The 10,000 square foot shop features items from 32 locally-owned fair trade businesses. And we also are hosting a natural indigo dye workshop this weekend."
"We’re thrilled to report that our co-op has 50 owners! We’re also happy to be helping our customers combat climate change by making composting easy and together we’re diverting an average of 44 tons weekly. We’re looking forward to seeing our Uptown and Chicago Market friends at next month’s Winter Walk on Wilson on December 1st."