A market in the winter
1/14/12 Oak Park The Winter Farmers Market was held at Unity Temple on Saturday 1/14.The event was sponsored by "Faith in Place". A company That helps people of faith understand issues of ecology and economy.Hand painted and hand spun yarns by Donna Koranek from Lake Zurich were displayed at the event. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media
Updated: February 2, 2012 4:10PM
Faith in Place sponsored the first indoor Winter Farmers Markets of the season Jan. 14 at Unity Temple.
The market moves throughout the Chicagoland area and will be back in Oak Park on Sunday, March 4, at St. Giles Parish, 1025 Columbian Ave., and on Saturday, March 24, at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 Euclid Ave.
These markets provided small, local farm producers with additional venues to extend their income beyond the growing season. Items include cheese, meat and poultry, soap, syrup, honey, wool, raw fibers, vinegars, dried fruits, milled flours, sauces and salsas, preserves, cider, and fresh produce as available.
For the farmers, there is no fee to participate, but they donate 10 percent of what they take in at the market (after a threshold amount) via Faith In Place to an Illinois Farmer Crisis Fund modeled after Wisconsin’s Harvest of Hope Fund which, for almost 20 years, has been giving monetary gifts of up to $1,000 to farmers in crisis due to illness or unexpected expenses.