The city is partnering with Kraft and Safeway to open farmers markets in Chicago's biggest food desert. The sites are near public transportation and will accept LINK cards.
Five Chicago neighborhoods will get new farmers markets starting this summer.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the neighborhoods Thursday. They will be located in areas that have limited grocery options, known as food deserts. The sites are near public transportation and will accept LINK cards.
The new markets will be held at:
-- Healing Temple Church, 4941 W. Chicago, from 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays June 24 to Oct. 28
-- Columbus Park at Harrison and Central from 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays June 26 to Oct. 30
-- LaFollette Park at Hirsch and Laramie from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays June 20 to Oct. 24
-- Austin Town Center at Lake and Central from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursdays June 28 to Oct. 25
-- Mount Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3555 W. Huron, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays June 30 to Oct. 27.
Each market will have an on-site nutritionist, cooking demonstrations, gardening instructions, music and other community programs.
Local partners have stepped in to help with each new market. The costs of opening and maintaining the five markets for the next two years will be covered by Kraft Foods and Safeway Foundation, which will provide $75,000 each.
The city operates more than 20 farmers markets. More than 20 additional markets are operated by nonprofits, community groups and local chambers of commerce.