61st Street Farmers Market
In a study funded by LaSalle Bank, entitled "The Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago," Mari Galligher, the study's author, identified the Woodlawn neighborhood as one of Chicago's "food deserts." Of course, we who live and work here did not need a study to know that Woodlawn suffers from a dearth of available fresh and wholesome foods. We are reminded of the lack of food resources every time we need a gallon of milk or hanker for a piece of fruit. According to Galligher, the consequence for Woodlawners is an egregiously high rate of diabetes and other food-related health problems.
May 13, 2017 - October 2017
Saturdays, 9AM - 2PM
Location: 6100 South Blackstone Avenue
November 4,11 and 18, 2017
December 2,9 and 16, 2017
Saturday, 9AM - 2PM
January 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018
2nd Saturday, 9AM - 2PM
Location: Experimental Station. Entry is on Blackstone Avenue
This was my first time visiting this particular market location after 7 years of relocation. The goal was to introduce my senior dad to his local market. Ellis farm was hands down the best booth (all the other vendors were friendly as well). My dad enjoyed the farmer selling wheat grass and also the booth with fresh goat, lamb and beef. This is a very small market so the biggest con is there is little to no variety of vendors. Limited variety of vegetables. There are no more than 20 booths with the majority selling salad greens, garlic stems, garden plants, common herbs. The host/women in the red tent lack customer focus and communication skills. We were just standing there while they discussed the snack they were eating...Like Hello! Address the customers then get back to your personal conversation. Unable to answer basic questions for my dad or tried to be short/sarcastic with responses. Overall, my dad enjoyed his first visit but its worth the longer drive to buy from larger and friendlier markets.
Always an amazing array of fruits, veg, and prepared items. The neighborhood is hugely lucky to have such a wealth of options every week during the summer. Don't miss Pleasant House Pies & Bread for a breakfast or lunch treat.
Barbara K Iverson
Good parking, convenient to buses. Good selection of bakery, cheeses, veggies, seafood, and butcher, even wine and beer. Not too much selection on brands, but you should find what you need there. Prices are okay. It is a neighborhood center.
I go specifically for the Pleasant House Bakery tent I always come away from there with lots of wonderful finds from all the other vendors as well.
I'm supposed to love my neighborhood farmer's market but I don't. I do love Ellis Farms apple cider and the cheese guys are good too. I also like the guy selling veggie burgers and carrot cake -- LOVE this carrot cake! But the variety is't spectacular, and prices vary a lot (which probably makes sense). There's nothing wrong with this market at all; I just often end up leaving empty-handed (or cider-handed).