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Downtown Farmstand moving indoors

Attention fresh food enthusiasts. A slight revamp to Chicago's popular Downtown Farmstand is on the way.

Beginning July 9, the Downtown Farmstand, located at 66 E. Randolph, will be replaced with an indoor Farmstand Farmers Market in the same location.

According to the City's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the new market will offer fresh fruits and vegetables recently picked on nearby farms including:  Lehman's Orchards, Frank Farms and the Original Bleeding Heart Bakery.

In order to provide a different selection for customers each day, other vendors selling fresh products will offer their selections on a rotating schedule.

The market will be opened Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October.

The original Farmstand opened in 2008 to provide locally sourced goods, but according to DCASE, due to competition it has operated at a loss for the past three years despite its loyal following.

This summer, through a Request For Information posted on its website, DCASE is seeking innovative ideas on ways to utilize the space following the summer growing months.

The new concept will have to serve the public, and also provide nutritional education and information on local and sustainable goods. The City hopes to "promote a long-term mission of healthy eating and keeping Chicago as one of the greenest cities in the nation."

On July 16th, the RFI will be posted on the department website at www.cityofchicago.org/dcase

For more information on local Chicago Farmers Markets, visit www.chicagofarmersmarkets.us.

 

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