On Sunday, December 7th the Green Team and Green Urban Living class from First Evangelical Free Church of Chicago combined efforts with Robin Schirmer and and held an indoor farmers market. This market helps farmers extend their income beyond the short Midwest growing season. Here consumers from the church and the community had the opportunity to purchase grass-fed beef, pastured pork and lamb, free-range poultry, farmstead cheeses, baking flour, eggs, dried fruit, cider, honey, maple and sorghum syrup, wool and woolen goods, salsas and sauces, jams and preserves, hoop-house lettuce and greens, root vegetables, goats’ milk soap, flour, etc.
It was so encouraging to see our community’s response. A number of people thanked us profusely for sponsoring the market and are hoping that we would host a Farmers Market on a regular basis. Representatives from Edgewater Beautiful, Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Uncommon Ground restaurant were all enthusiastic about the event and were also excited about the possibility of our church planting a community garden on the church property. A number of people from the community were excited about helping to build this garden.