FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communication
Loyola University Chicago Bringing Sustainable and
Locally Grown Food to the City’s 49th Ward
New Monday Farmers Market to Debut on June 6
CHICAGO, May 23, 2011—Loyola University Chicago is bringing sustainable and locally grown food to Chicago’s 49th Ward with the debut of its Loyola Farmers Market on Monday, June 6. The market, which will be held at 6556 N. Sheridan Road, near the University’s Lake Shore Campus in the Rogers Park neighborhood, will become the second market in the 49th Ward.
Conceptualized and planned by students enrolled in the University’s Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) class, the market’s goal is to increase residents’ relationship with the environment by demonstrating first-hand where their food comes from and by promoting the benefits of access to locally grown food. Students also hope that residents will learn about the importance of supporting the local food economy, small family farms, and sustainable agriculture practices that continuously yield fertile lands.
The market will be managed by Gina Lettiere, coordinator of the University’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP), and student assistants and volunteers.
“This is not just a great benefit for area residents, but also for our Loyola students, faculty, and staff members, as they will now have access to fresh, organic foods right on campus,” said Lettiere. “We’ve been planning this market for a couple of years now and we’re just really excited that it’s all finally come together in time for the summer. We expect it to be a wonderful gathering spot that will ultimately bring the Loyola and neighboring communities together.”
The Loyola Farmers Market will be held on Mondays, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., from June 6 to October 17, 2011.
Market Vendors scheduled to attend include:
|Baking Beauty, Chicago||Specializes in baked treats made with organic produce|
|Brockway Farm, Riverside, Illinois||Flowers, beans, beets, broccoli, chard, cucumbers, eggplant kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peppers, spinach, tomatoes|
|Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin||Variety of Wisconsin-made cheeses: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby|
|H&H Flowers / Sun Kissed Organics, La Porte, Indiana||Flowers, herbs, shrubs, beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini|
|Mick Klug Farms, St. Joseph, Michigan||Asparagus, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, peas, plums, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries|
|Mike & Clare’s Farm, Gurnee, Illinois||Flowers, arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, celery, chard, fennel, frisee, kohlrabi, kale, leeks, lettuce, okra, oregano, parsley, peas, rutabaga, scallions, shallots, soy beans, spinach, summer squash, thyme, tomatoes, turnips, winter squash|
|Midnight Sun Organics, Grayslake, IL||Eggs, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, greens, onions, peppers, squash, tomatoes|
For more information on the market and how to get involved, please contact Gina Lettiere at email@example.com or 773.508.8255.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.