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  • Post #211 - March 7th, 2020, 10:40 am
    Post #211 - March 7th, 2020, 10:40 am Post #211 - March 7th, 2020, 10:40 am
    Hi- I just wanted to let people know that the winter market at Emmanuel Lutheran church at Lake and Sherman is taking place this morning until 1:00. Last time Nichols had the first of their spinach which they had overwintered in the greenhouse. I am sure they are going to have more today. I paid $5 for a bag last time. It is more than I usually pay, but I would rather buy it there than at Jewel.

    Also in case anybody is interested the church has a table set up at every winter market with post cards that you can sent to your elected representatives. The one last time was about a clean energy bill in Springfield. The post cards are all ready filled out. You just enter in your zip code on the bottom of the post card, and sign it. They then send it to the elected representative in your district. The church supplies the postage.

    The next market is taking place on 3/21, and the last market for the season is taking place in April. There are growers in both the basement and main floor of the church. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #212 - March 7th, 2020, 1:23 pm
    Post #212 - March 7th, 2020, 1:23 pm Post #212 - March 7th, 2020, 1:23 pm
    NFriday wrote:Last time Nichols had the first of their spinach which they had overwintered in the greenhouse. I am sure they are going to have more today. I paid $5 for a bag last time. It is more than I usually pay, but I would rather buy it there than at Jewel.
    If you got spinach, you beat me to it. They were all out by noon. I too am willing to overpay some to avoid getting it at WF/Jewel. It didn't look good last time 2 weeks ago (the market alternates between the church and ecology center each Sat), but was good 4 or 6 weeks ago.
  • Post #213 - March 7th, 2020, 2:36 pm
    Post #213 - March 7th, 2020, 2:36 pm Post #213 - March 7th, 2020, 2:36 pm
    Hi- I did not make it there until 12:30, and they were out. I got a bag two weeks ago, and it was okay, but just expensive for what you get. I got three salads out of it. There were some bags of greens the organic people from Michigan were selling in the basement, but there was even less in their bags, and they were asking $6 a bag or 2/$10. I decided that was too much money. I only ended up getting a bag of crimini for $5. The farmers market at the ecology center is open every Saturday morning. I bought some potatoes and some garlic from an organic grower there when I stopped in to pay for my community garden. That woman says she shows up there every other Saturday. Her organic potatoes were only $1.50 a pound.

    A few of the farmers that came to the winter market at the ecology center, did not like the set up. It was too crowded, and so they approached the church about having a winter market. There is a lot more room there, but they have to load everything on the elevator to get it upstairs.
  • Post #214 - March 7th, 2020, 4:45 pm
    Post #214 - March 7th, 2020, 4:45 pm Post #214 - March 7th, 2020, 4:45 pm
    NFriday wrote:I only ended up getting a bag of crimini for $5. The farmers market at the ecology center is open every Saturday morning. I bought some potatoes and some garlic from an organic grower there when I stopped in to pay for my community garden. That woman says she shows up there every other Saturday.
    Ha, our purchases were identical! Just 1 pound of crimini's for me too.

    As for the ecology center having a market every week, I was of the understanding that changed this year, making it an either/or. If you bought stuff on the same day the church was happening, there's a breakdown in communications.
    http://evanstonfarmersmarkets.org/when-where/
  • Post #215 - March 7th, 2020, 5:52 pm
    Post #215 - March 7th, 2020, 5:52 pm Post #215 - March 7th, 2020, 5:52 pm
    Hi- Thanks for the info. It makes sense that they would alternate the markets. I was at the ecology center on a Saturday the market at Emmanuel did not take place. They had a fair amount of people there the day I was there. I can walk to the one at Emmanuel, and so I have been going there a lot more. The one at the ecology center worked out a lot better the winter they were able to get a heated tent to supplement the ecology center. That year they had plenty of space, but I think they lost funding for the tent.

    There were only two true farmers selling there when I went to the one at the ecology center last month, and the rest of the people were selling already prepared food. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #216 - March 14th, 2020, 11:36 am
    Post #216 - March 14th, 2020, 11:36 am Post #216 - March 14th, 2020, 11:36 am
    Indoor Evanston Farmers Markets cancelled through April 11th.

    I went over to the ecology center thinking it was a coin-flip's chances of being open. There were virtually no cars, but I went up to the door to see if any more information was provided, but it just said "today's market" was cancelled. The website I previously provided had no updates, which is why I headed over. I apologize to anybody who relied on it. Evanston Now didn't list it among cancellations yesterday. I refuse to use Facebook, it's likely groups on there provided information. The best information I could find upon coming home was this post from what I believe to be a chai tea vendor at the market. This source has no reason to lie. I believe it's a credible statement about the near-term future of the market. More detail will likely follow from those responsible for the market. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9s1TI5l0ji/
  • Post #217 - March 14th, 2020, 12:00 pm
    Post #217 - March 14th, 2020, 12:00 pm Post #217 - March 14th, 2020, 12:00 pm
    It does not surprise me they are shutting down for a month. There was supposed to be a farmer's market in Arlington Heights this weekend, and the church decided to cancel it. I sing with a group that rehearses in Evanston on Tuesdays, and we decided to cancel our next rehearsal. We will take this on a week by week basis. Our next concert is in May. We just had one three weeks ago, and some people stayed home because of the coronavirus.

    Hopefully by May things will improve. This will be a big hit for the farmers if the market does not open for asparagus season the beginning of May. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #218 - March 21st, 2020, 3:26 pm
    Post #218 - March 21st, 2020, 3:26 pm Post #218 - March 21st, 2020, 3:26 pm
    Hi- I just got a long email from Henry Brockman who comes to the Evanston farmer's market. In his email he says that the city of Evanston has not decided yet whether the outdoor market will open in May. If they don't he is encouraging people to join his CSA, and then he will provide an alternate place such as a church parking lot to pick up your produce. He also asks people to email their city to encourage it to keep the farmer's market open this summer. He points out that you are outside and it is a lot safer than going to your local Jewel, and plus there are a lot less people handling your produce, and especially if you sign up for his CSA. With his CSA everything is already bagged up, and so you don't have 20 people touching that tomato. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #219 - March 27th, 2020, 10:25 am
    Post #219 - March 27th, 2020, 10:25 am Post #219 - March 27th, 2020, 10:25 am
    Henry's Farm and Nichol's Farm & Orchard are both promoting their CSAs. Nichol's is also offering home delivery.
    -Mary
  • Post #220 - March 28th, 2020, 7:26 pm
    Post #220 - March 28th, 2020, 7:26 pm Post #220 - March 28th, 2020, 7:26 pm
    Hi- Kinnikinnick Farms is doing a drop off at Immanuel Lutheran church in Evanston on 4/4 from 8:00-10:00am in the parking lot of the church. You have to go to their website and order and pay in advance, and then pick it up on 4/4. They have bacon, chicken, eggs, and a few other things. Here is a link to their website.
    https://kinnikinnickfarm.com/kinnikinnick-direct
  • Post #221 - April 7th, 2020, 2:05 am
    Post #221 - April 7th, 2020, 2:05 am Post #221 - April 7th, 2020, 2:05 am
    Hi- I just visited the Facebook page for the Evanston farmers market, and the manager of the market reports that the director of Parks and Recreation for the city has decided to have the outdoor market open starting May 2nd. There are going to be a few changes. Every vendor is going to be getting a hand sanitizing station, and there are going to be hand sanitizing stations positioned around the market for customers. They are also going to have signs to encourage social distancing, and they are going to encourage farmer's to switch to a cashless payment system. There was a good chance that the farmer's market was not going to open up this summer, and so I am glad they are.

    If anybody is interested in signing up for Henry Brockman's CSA, he is going to have a separate line for the CSA. You pay for the CSA when you sign up for it, and then you go to his stall every Saturday, and he gives you a limited choice on what you get, and then you give him your bag and he bags it for you. That means that only Henry or one of his employees has touched the produce before you get it.

    I am actually surprised that they decided to go ahead with the farmer's market. So far 124 people had been diagnosed with the virus in Evanston.

    My Sister in New Orleans just emailed me tonight, and things are starting to level off there, but at Tulane's Hospital they have the new 15 minute tests, and they are testing every one that gets admitted to the hospital. She said two pregnant woman showed up at the hospital ready to give birth, and they were found to have the virus. Hope this helps, Nancy

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