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Indoor Winter Farmers Market and Voter Registration This Sunday!

Farmers market offers community members an opportunity to purchase food from local farmers and vendors  

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn is hosting a one-time indoor Winter Farmers Market this Sunday, January 26, 2020. The market will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Mahon Hall at 393 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, and is free and open to the public. The League of Women Voters will also be registering voters on site.

At a time of year when most summer farmers markets have closed for the season, this market offers shoppers a chance to purchase items such as meat, eggs, honey, salsa, jam, bread, pastries, seasonally-available produce, and more.

Farmers and vendors at the market will sell seasonal foods grown or produced within 250 miles of Chicago. By purchasing locally-grown food, consumers reduce the carbon footprint of their food, and support local farmers who use sustainable growing methods during the slower “off-season.”

Illinois Link cards/SNAP benefits are accepted at the market and all Link/SNAP customers can double their purchases of fruits and vegetables up to $25. For example, a customer who spends $25 on their Link card will be able to take home a total of $50 worth of food. This doubling is made possible by generous funding from LINK Up Illinois, a program of Experimental Station, which provides grants to farmers markets to support Double Value Coupons to increase healthy food access in Illinois.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located right in downtown Glen Ellyn and there is parking available. There are four services every Sunday at 8:00 am, 9:15 am, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, and the afternoon service is in Spanish.

This market is one of fifteen indoor markets planned throughout Chicagoland from November into April, organized by the interfaith environmental non-profit organization, Faith in Place. The organization’s mission is to empower Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.

Faith in Place coordinates with various houses of worship to host this series of markets because their large indoor, heated spaces are perfect gathering places for farmers and community members.  The organization has arranged this series of indoor markets since 2009 as one of their many programs to help people of faith take action for healthier communities and a healthier planet.

Additional information and a complete schedule of other Faith in Place Winter Farmers Markets can be found here.

About St. Mark’s: St. Mark’s is a vibrant, growing, inclusive, and multicultural community rooted in our shared baptismal covenant and secure in the promise that baptism marks us as Christ’s own forever. We joyfully carry our faith into the world, sharing Christ’s love through our actions towards each other, our community, the Diocese of Chicago, and the world. All are welcome.

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