With assistance from an active group of volunteers, the Experimental Station launched the 61st Street Farmers Market in May 2008. The 61st Street Farmers Market is south side Chicago's premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, offering the freshest produce, meat, eggs, cheeses and prepared foods from local and regional farms. The market also features chef demos, live music and the "Market School" series - where a weekly expert shares knowledge about food and sustainability. In November and December, and January through April, the Market goes indoors at the Experimental Station.
From September 2014 to June 2016 I managed the weekly outdoor and indoor markets including social media, community engagement, on-site logistics, market education and demonstrations, and vendor accounting and relations. I planned and coordinated a three year youth education curriculum for the nearby Chicago Public School, teaching second & third graders healthy eating and gardening in a 50' Hoop House and managing after school cooking classes for fourth grader students. I remain in love with everything about this program and can't speak enough beautiful things about Connie Spreen, Executive Director of the Experimental Station. Please support the other programs that work around and in tandem with the Market including Blackstone Bicycle Works, City Bureau, Build Coffee, and the Invisible Institute.