This all began when several residents wanted to bring back the Farmers Market to JP. This led to the discussion on Every Block, where more residents became involved. Having had some connection through the JPNA to the Copernicus Foundation, helped us getting our first 'Home' for the Farmers Market, right there in the parking lot next to the Copernicus Center.
That started a new tradition. We remained there for two years. But, that black asphalt made it rough for both our vendors and customers to be out there in the heat. So, with two years experience under our belt, and some new friends over at the Park in the form of the Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council, we moved into the Park, where we got welcome shade and added foot traffic. We have been noted by some of our vendors to be the friendliest market they have ever participated in. This is something that we, as organizers, love to hear. We are also dog and child-friendly. Our summer location is just steps away from the playground area.
And, in addition to having plenty of greenery for our four-footed friends to enjoy, we have at least one or two vendors that cater to their needs.
About our Market
SUMMER MARKETJefferson Memorial Park
2nd and 4th Sundays
June - Oct
The corner of Lawrence and Long
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Specific Summer dates for 2020 are:
June 14, 28, July 12, 26 August 9,23 September 13,27 October 11,25
(2 doors east of main building)
5214 W Lawrence Ave
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Special feature of this market is a Cash Bar
Remember that market hours are 10 - 2pm in Winter and we're indoors at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W Lawrence Ave.
Full Winter Schedule:
December 22, 2019
Janurary 26, 2020
April 5, 2020
May 3, 2020
We traditionally have a plant swap at the first couple of summer markets. This gives gardeners the opportunity to share the proceeds of those necessary plant divisions and helps with rearranging the forthcoming season. Our Market also has arts & craft vendors and performing artists, which may be more unique in comparison to other farmers markets. We continue to look for volunteers to help with market functions. Many of the tasks which need to be done are things that are not readily seen by attendees. Some of the items are: Completing City applications; hanging/displaying signs; attracting additional vendors and performing artists. On the day of the market, we help our vendors with set-up and tear-down. We encourage other charitable or non-for-profit organizations to participate by volunteering at the 'Info table' if they only have handouts; or, getting a free space if they provide set-up and tear-down crews for that day. Otherwise, they can also purchase space as other vendors