Farmers Market Series: Loyola Market not just for students

Farmers Market Series: Loyola Market not just for students
Loyola University campus overlooking Lake Michigan

Never on a Monday, seems to be the refrain for Chicago Farmers Markets albeit for the lone Loyola Farmers Market who’s Monday “night” market (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is the perfect place to stock up on fresh produce for the week or treat yourself to a tamale, taco or some ice cream.

The market, part of Loyola’s Urban Ag program–the result of a student project in STEP Food System, is one of the new kids on the block having sprouted its roots in 2011.

Loyola’s Urban Ag Program's booth at the market

Loyola’s Urban Ag Program’s booth at the market

The Loyola Farmers Market is a “producers only” market requiring the vendors grow and produce their own food.

Small in size, with only a dozen vendors, but large in spirit and variety, market-goers can virtually get whatever they need for the week by shopping in the great outdoors and skip the grocery store.

There’s farm fresh eggs, hormone and antibiotic-free pork, beef and chicken; artisan cheeses from Wisconsin, locally raised, unprocessed tilapia, locally produced honey, gluten-free baked goods and pizza crust; breads, pies, pesto and, of course, fresh fruit and veggies.

Vendors…

Loyola’s Urban Ag Program offers vegetables, herbs and flowers plus locally raised, unprocessed tilapia (available by pre-order only).

Patyk’s Farm sells seasonal vegetables and eggs from their small family farm located in Richmond, Illinois.

Patyk’s hens

Patyk’s hens

Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Farm is a two acre farm in Woodstock, Illinois that produces a variety of produce grown using sustainable agricultural practices.

Benton Harbor Fruit and Bee Folks family orchard that has been in existence for over 100 years offers the fruits of their labors along with locally produced honey.

D-ology – Baking Outside the Box sells gluten-free baked goods and pizza crust.

Farmer Nick brings his pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic-free pork, beef, chicken and eggs to the market.

Stamper Cheese sells artisan cheeses from Wisconsin.

Pleasant House Bakery (bakery/cafe located in Chicago’s Bridgeport community) offers handmade Royal Pies and their Pleasant House Bread that is made with a variety of local grains to shoppers.

Presto Pesto! cooks up authentic pesto plus variations of pesto, salsa, pickles and jams from their organic Chicagoland farm.

Tamale Express brings an ethnic flavor to the market with their line-up of vegetarian and non-vegetarian tamales and tacos.

Tamale Express tacos.

Tamale Express tacos.

Yoberri Gourmet adds a delightful finishing touch to a trip to the market with their handcrafted ice cream and frozen yogurt made with high quality ingredients–most of which are locally sourced.

What you need to know to go….

Hours:  Summer (June to September 21) 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fall (September 28 to October 12) 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Loyola Plaza, 6550 N. Sheridan Road, Rogers Park area of Chicago

Public transportation:  The CTA Red Line Loyola stop and the CTA #147, #155 and #151 buses will drop you steps from the market.

Check out other Chicago area farmers markets by visiting Show Me Chicago’s Farmers Market Series.

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