In honor of opening day for the Andersonville Farmers Market (Wednesday, May 9), we have launched our first bonus episode of the podcast! In studio, we are joined by Katie Williams from Chicago Patchwork Farms and Joan Oberndorf, market manager of Andersonville’s Farmers Market. Chicago Patchwork Farms is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating unused land in the city into beautiful, usable green spaces, and has been a vendor at the market since 2014. Their farm is located at 2825 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park.
The Andersonville Farmers market is NOW OPEN for the season on Wednesdays from May 9 – August 29 (3-8PM) and September 5 – October 17 (3-7PM) along Berwyn between Clark and Ashland.
“Getting to ask the farmer about how they treat their employees I think is an important question, which is something you can’t ask at the grocery store.”
– Katie Williams
Listen to BONUS Episode 1 with Joan Oberndorf and Katie Williams!
Here are some of the references from Bonus Episode 1 that you may want to check out:
- The Chicago Patchwork Farms provides a food services to locals (CSA), where consumers can pay yearly and receive a bag of fresh vegetables each week. Click here to learn how to buy.
- The Farmers Market is a great way to support small farmers and local businesses. All of the food in Andersonville’s market is sourced within 200 miles. For more information regarding our market, click here.
- Being sustainable is a very important to both the Chicago Patchwork Farm and to the Andersonville Farmers Market. Katie has the word “sustain” tattooed on her arm!
- A lot of research goes into rehabilitating areas in Chicago for farm use. Katie says brussel sprouts, cabbages, and cauliflower are the hardest to grow in an urban environment, and the easiest to grow in your backyard are tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants! Katie recommends buying fruiting plants, like cherry tomatoes, in the small variety to try our in your backyard for the first time.
- Joan divulges that she loves all vegetables, but has grown to really love the mystery behind shishito peppers. Learn how to cook them!
- In addition to growing their own plants, the Chicago Patchwork Farm also rents out their space for events. The events include a tour of the gardens and the rest of the space. Katie recalls how she visited two weddings that were hosted at the farm! To book your event or get more information on the spaces available, contact the Farm here.
- This season, the Andersonville Farmers Market will be welcoming new vendors! One of which is a East Indian food vendor, Chiya Chai Café, along with a crepe maker, Gotta B Crepes! Along with these two prepared food makers, Chicago Patchwork Farms will have twice the space and twice the vegetables, in addition to new organic vendors, like American Pride Micro Farm. To see the full list of vendors for the market season, please visit the Farmers Market website.
- Joan also works part time for defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery (also a market vendor and permanently located at 1477 W Balmoral), but would love to trade places with the staff at Women and Children First (5233 N Clark ).