Evanston's Community Indoor Farmers' Market
Immanuel’s marketplace focuses on farmers, emphasizing the sale of locally grown greens, vegetables, fish, eggs, meats, cheeses, and dry goods. This helps producers create a revenue stream in an otherwise bleak season.
Most importantly, this market has Christ and community at the center. All the money gathered by the church from the kitchen, pantry, and vendor space donations is given to hunger-based organizations. Last year a total of $6,000 was given away to Hillside Food Pantry, Soup-at-Six, Curt’s Cafe South, YWCA Women’s Shelter, Evanston’s Interfaith Action Council, and Lutheran World Hunger. Your purchases at the market bring the vendors back each week, which allows for the distribution of gifts. Shopping here actively benefits Evanston!
Kendall College instructor and former owner of Lucky Platter, Eric Singer, mentors teams of volunteers in the kitchen while they hone their culinary skills. Shoppers can regularly find a hearty breakfast bowl and tasty apple galettes on the menu, featuring fresh ingredients sourced directly from the market.
Sarah Stegner, Immanuel member, award winning chef, and owner of Prairie Grass Café in Northbrook, stocks the Market Pantry with soups, muffins, and sometimes even her famous pecan milk.
Free postcards and free stamps are available to shoppers who want to exercise their civic voice. The cards highlight the 2017 Priorities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Advocacy Office, but they are of importance to many: educating our children; protecting the earth; providing hospitality to neighbors and migrants; eliminating gender-based violence; access to affordable healthcare; sentencing reform; opportunities for family farms and small business; addressing poverty, hunger and homelessness. Conversation around the table has been positive and hopeful with many planning to host postcard parties of their own. To date, over 700 cards have been mailed to key leaders in Washington and Springfield.
The farmers’ market, feeding the hungry, and postcard advocacy all fit into Immanuel’s “Faith that Feeds” focus. Come for breakfast! Come for veggies! Come for postcards!
Evanston’s Community Indoor Farmers’ Market takes place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays
December 3 & 17
January 14 & 28
February 11 & 25
March 11 & 25
April 8 & 22