I think the Andersonville farmers' market is fairly new, at least it wasn't there when I lived in the neighborhood five years ago. Maybe you could ask someone at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce to point you in the right direction. They seem pretty helpful.
Independence Park (Irving Park& Hamlin) also started a Farmers Market several years ago. Surrounding community groups wrote letters of support to help make it happen, but GIPNA led the effort. Patricia Clark of GIPNA (Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Assn., firstname.lastname@example.org) is the farmers market coordinator. The group's website: www.independence-park.com
I think that Independence Park and Portage Park coordinate the markets. They are on alternating weekends or something, as I recall. That might also be something that Jefferson Park people want to consider, since the number of vendors appears to be pretty finite.
The Copernicus Center people (who now also house the JP Chamber of Commerce) have been wanting to do one. I've used this conversation as an excuse to remind them. I'll post back what I hear. I know there's been a lot of interest among JPNAers
Farmer's Markets can be great. Good to consider the local non-chain (family, "ma & pa") grocery stores to see if they could be negatively impacted by one, or maybe at least one that is around say every weekend.
Thanks for making that point, Citizen Jac. I don't think anybody wants to see local enterprise hurt by the presence of a farmers' market. Initially, I don't think a weekly event is feasible, so that would mitigate some of the threat. Also, I see a farmers' market as something around which the community can coalesce. A stronger community benefits everybody, including local merchants. But your comment does emphasize the need to engage a wide range of stakeholders early in the process to ensure broad, enthusiastic support.
Good news - I heard back from the Mayor's Office! I'll call them later today or tomorrow to discuss the process. Perhaps now would be a good time to get together and discuss findings between the city and Copernicus Center, etc. Are folks still interested? Suggestions for time/place?
Place depends on the size of the crowd, I guess. I'm sure Cafe Soroni or Craves wouldn't mind us using their space as long as we buy something, though it would be considerate to check first. Saturday, 04/09 @ 10am? If we can get some agreement, I'll start a new thread.
With only 9 of us this list, at least we souldn't have to worry about huge throngs of crowds. I can be available but would be happy with a touch earlier (9:30?) due to my shedule, though I can at least stop by en route to my other appt. In the meantime, the Chamber/Copernicus is definitely on board for hosting the alternate Sundays from the Portage Park Market.
:) I suspect this will be the hardest part - scheduling a time to meet. I'm also available some weekday evenings after 7. Let me list some days and you all chime in with your availability: Friday evening, 4/8; Tuesday eve 4/12; Thursday eve 4/14; Sunday all day 4/17; Monday eve 4/18.
I'm available the 8th & 18th--though, Alice, perhaps you and I could meet separately to clarify what's needed at the Copernicus end, so I can keep that part going. My own schedule is pretty wacky and I don't want to hold this up trying to schedule around it.
Alice--please contact me directly, my info is at: http://www.jpna.net/JPNAlinks.html Am meeting with one of my board, and the Copernicus/Chamber contact on an unrelated matter tomorrow, want to be able to get them connected in. Also, the deadline for the Tribune free listing for markets is this Friday--they only need the dates and a contact, so that might still be doable. The rest we can get worked out later.
The dates that Copernicus has for this are: 6/12&26,7/10&24, 8/14&28, 9/11&25 and 10/8 My offline volunteer is starting to work on farmers Still waiting to hear from Alice about the Mayor's office. She'd been in telephone tag, hell. As a bonus, and since the Chamber ususally has a nieghborhood garage sale at some point over the summer, there is some thought towards doing a couple of dates in conjuction with the market. The first one for sure, since that will help get people there.
This is so exciting to see the momentum... I will come to meetings and see how I can help, but it looks like the ball is really rolling. Just one thought, and this might be throwing a wrench in, but... Is the Copernicus parking lot the decided location? Its wonderful and generous of them, but I wonder if doing something in Jefferson Park might be better. The Portage Park FM is in the park and I go to the Green City Market a lot in the summer - though its on a much greater scale, being able to hang-out and picnic in the grass on a hot day is really pleasant and much more conducive to lingering and shopping. I find shopping on a hot tarmac not as appealing. Just an idea, and again, apologies if I'm too late to that part of the discussion.
There's permits & fees associated with doing anything in the park, which is why the Chamber moved it's annual community garage sale from there to Copernicus, who donates the lot as part of thier community outreach. Incidentally, JPNA has been pushing for this for a couple of years, though it did help to be able to say that there's been increased interest.
@Meril, I hope I made clear that this was in process and the conversation was joined on everyblock, not that this was the causal link, or anything like that. Sorry if I implied otherwise. I did not mean to diminish the work people have put in for years.
@F Doremus: Radiating heat is a legitimate concern, but since most markets tend to wrap between noon and 2:00 p.m., shoppers aren't exposed at the worst part of the day. The Park Ridge market, for example, is also in a parking lot and is generally fine before noon.
So did we come to agreement on a meeting time and place? Even with so much already in motion - thanks, Merril - I think there's a lot the community can still contribute. There's promotion, fund-raising, and community outreach to get local buy-in, just for starters.
Also, I started putting together an online survey to gauge potential vendor interest. Does that seem like a worthwhile undertaking?
@David--I merely mentioned the past work so that people don't get the impression that everything can happen as quickly--this instance was some really good timing. @Jeff Parker -- Because the thought was to alternate with the Portage Park market, the times Copernicus has this down for is 10am - 2. And you are quite right about the extra effort needed for promotions, etc. When you do set a meeting time, I'll make sure that either Eva (my offline volunteer) and/or I will be there. For now, though her # (the number we use for JPNA contact info) and the jpna email address will be the outside contact stuff that I hand in to the Trib. As for people doing outreach to farmers, etc. we'll have to work out a clearing house situation. Eva's reaching out to the farms from the local harvest list, as well as CedarLane, Tomato Mountain, Mint Creek Farm, and Blue Marble. Anybody got anyone else?
FYI, I'm still waiting to hear back from the city again. I called a second time and sent a follow up email as well. In their defense, this has to be a very busy time for them.
Shall we all try to meet 4/17 - say 10:00 at Craves (I'm completely open to suggestions)? It would be good to put a face to all you lovely energetic peeps and to brainstorm ideas on how to make the market a success!
I will also try to be there on Sun, 4/17 at Cafe Saroni (that is still on, right?). Has anyone thought of linking this gathering to meetup.com? I notice Everyblock also lists meetups in our area and this could be another way for people to find out about it.
So, we actually have an EveryBlock Neighbor Meetup page where anyone can create their own neighborhood Meetup under the EveryBlock umbrella. The Meetup will show up in the list of Meetups that you see on EveryBlock, and unlike Meeups that you create on your own, it's free.
I have a document that includes instructions on how to create your Meetup if you need help so feel free to email me at email@example.com and I can send it to you.
@Becca Martin: Thanks for that. I started a meetup, but it would be great if you could send me the information so that I can verify I did it correctly. I assume as staff member that you have my email address. If not, I'll email you, and you can respond.
I asked Rocco (the owner) at Cafe Soroni, and he'd be happy to have the group meet there. If you attend and you can spare the cash, buy a drink or snack since he's been kind enough to welcome the group.
I'll be there too! I finally got a hold of the Market Manager in the mayor's office. Know that we are too late for this year, but the planning for 2012 should begin now at any rate. We have a lot of questions to answer. Until we meet on Sunday, think about what kind of market you would like to see. What vendors, etc.
@Deirdre (and anybody else): We're going to need a lot of help from neighbors to make the market a success. If you're interested in participating, you can reach the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a Facebook page called Jefferson Park Sunday Market. You can view it even if you don't have a Facebook account, but you need an account to "like" it.