The Glenwood Sunday Market was founded by the grassroots efforts and countless hours of work on the parts of many, many Rogers Park Community members. Rogers Park is the most economically and ethnically diverse community in the United States and is located on the City of Chicago’s far northeast side. The mission of the Market is to bring farmers to Rogers Park so our community can enjoy local, sustainably produced food and goods in a friendly and festive urban neighborhood street market.
Glenwood Sunday Market opened for business on Sunday, June 6, 2010 to overwhelming demand. Successful to the point of the farmers and food artisans selling out of their wares within the first hour of operations, Glenwood Sunday Market continues to surpass expectations. Voted Illinois’ Favorite Farmers Market in 2010, Glenwood Sunday Market was also voted Third Favorite Farmers Market of its size the U.S. in the American Farmland Trust 2010 contest.
The idea for a new Farmers Market to be located in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District of the Rogers Park neighborhood came from Rene Camargo, then-program director for SSA #24, and Bob Fields, Rogers Park Business Alliance Board of Directors member. Rene and Bob tirelessly talked to friends, neighbors, colleagues and local businesses until a core group of volunteers finally came together in November 2009. The core group formed itself into a Board of Directors who convinced the Rogers Park Business Alliance to serve as the Market’s fiscal agent. Then, the Board contracted with a nonprofit management consultant to serve as Market Manager and the task of forming, planning and opening the Glenwood Sunday Market began.
Today, the Glenwood Sunday Market is a program of the Rogers Park Business Alliance. With a thriving Market composed of the finest local, sustainable growers and food artisans whose produce and products are also organic whenever possible, the Market enjoys:
· an average weekly shopping audience of more than 1500 customers
· an active community of more than 95 volunteers
· a devoted leadership Council
· a growing Market For All matching fund program for our neighbors in need
· and one of the most “green” operations in the City of Chicago located next to the Morse Avenue stop on the CTA’s Red Line
Glenwood Sunday Market truly is “your green stop on the Red Line!”
See you at the Market!