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New group hopes to help farmers markets

A group of Evanstonians, representing farmers and consumers, is being formed to enhance the success of the farmers markets in Evanston.

The group, tentatively named “Friends of the Markets,” hopes to increase sales and attendance at Evanston’s main market, held Saturdays behind the Hilton Garden Inn, and smaller markets held Saturdays at Church Street and Dodge Avenue and Wednesdays at Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard.

One of the organizers, Vikki Proctor, a former District 65 schoolteacher whose son, Chad, along with Danika Murray, owns and operates Lake Breeze Organics in Michigan, said she hopes the new organization will help the Evanston markets to become “the best and healthiest show in town” by providing access to a rich variety of healthy foods for all Evanstonians.

The group has established three goals:

  • To support and improve the markets for farmers and consumers.
  • To market the markets.
  • To educate people about the many issues of farming and the importance of local markets.

Among plans are to encourage Evanstonians to sign up for regular e-mails that will tell the kinds of fruits and vegetables that are coming the next week and to provide recipes to help people cook local foods that they may be unfamiliar with.

In the next few weeks, organizers plan to visit successful markets throughout the state and to survey farmers at the Evanston markets for ideas for improving those markets for both farmers and consumers.

Persons interested in supporting the project can contact the organizers by e-mail at [email protected]

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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