The Green City Market is a non-profit organization operating in Chicago that focuses on local sustainable farming practices. Once a year the Green City Market takes place in Chicago and is the only one of its kind. It was started in 1998 by Abby Mandel, who was a Chicago Tribune columnist and an author of cookbooks. It is located in at the South End of Lincoln Park and takes place from May through to October. It continues in the Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum from November to April. Attend and you can expect to see chefs demonstrate their culinary skills, view the edible gardens, enter competitions and more.
The Green City Market website states its mission as being to make available a diverse range of quality foods, and to educate and connect farmers as well as chefs, restaurateurs and the local community. They also aim to promote health and green living through education and through the appreciation of fresh food, and sustainability; and they support small family farms.
So how does the Green City Market help Chicago to go green? Well of course it encourages the farmers to go green in order to be a part of the market and to get the direct connections to the local outlets. This means support shifts to sustainable farms and means that more of what you see in shops and on menus is green and sustainable. At the same time by simply raising awareness it is showing people the right way to farm and how they can support this movement.
Sustainable green farming means the efficient use of energy and water, using organic fertilizers such as recycled crops or livestock waste, harvesting natural resources responsibly so that they can be replenished faster than they are used, preventing soil erosion with wind breaks and no-till farming and much more. All of this can have a profound impact on the atmosphere and on our natural resources, but more to the point it will allow us to continue growing crops and providing green food for years to come. At the moment if soil erosion continues at its current rate, then it is believed that crop yields will be halved within the next fifty years.
Visit the website for more details on when and where you can see the Green City Market and specific events. You can also expect to find recipes on the site, and more information about sustainable green farming and the Green City Market itself.