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Hyde Park Farmers Market to feature more live music, children’s musicians in 2017 season

The 2017 Hyde Park Farmers Market will kick off at Harper Court on Thursday, June 1, at 7 a.m., with a full schedule of live music each week through October 26. Children’s musicians, a popular feature last year, are scheduled the first Thursday of each month, with two performers in August.

Live music starts at 8 a.m., and will run until the market closes at 1 p.m. The market is located on Harper Court, just off 53rd Street, between Chipotle Mexican Grill and Valois Cafeteria.

The caliber of musicians is impressive, with notables scheduled for June such as Isaiah Collier, a tenor saxophonist who has performed at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; Phil Passen, a hammered dulcimer player; Kat Best, cellist; JD Kostyk, guitarist; Darius Hampton, saxophonist, composer, and educator; Kielbasa & Kimchi, flute/piano duo with Carol Jaryzna and Simmon Yoon; Kolleen Blume, fiddle; Aaron Smith, banjo; and George Urgo, blues guitarist.

The Hyde Park Farmers Market added music in 2016. The experiment generated a lot of interest from shoppers and passersby, particularly children and their caregivers.

Eric Reaves, Program Manager of the South East Chicago Commission and Director of the Hyde Park Farmers Market commented, “The addition of live music has been a great asset to the farmers market – both vendors and shoppers alike have all commented favorably on the quality of the performers. We look forward to the 2017 season and invite everyone to come out and experience it for themselves!”

This year, children’s musicians will play from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and include Jeanie B! (June 1), Laura Doherty (July 6), Anne-Marie Akin (August 3), Laura Doherty (August 10), Anne-Marie Akin (September 7), and Duke Otherwise (October 5).

Jeanie B!, scheduled for June 1, prompted Time Out Chicago to write, “Jeanie B!’s music is the one of the best things to happen to children in Chicago this decade!” Her original music has won multiple awards from Parent’s Choice and Billboard Magazine. She is an artist in residence for Ravinia’s “Reach, Teach and Play” program and teaches music at several area preschools.

Laura Doherty, scheduled for July 6 and August 10, is a nationally-touring children’s recording artist with four award-winning albums. She was the director of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms program for more than a decade, and she has performed at Ravinia, Lollapalooza, and many other venues and festivals across the country.

Anne-Marie Akin, scheduled for August 3 and September 7, is a singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller, and an instructor with the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms program. She pioneered a Chicago Public School preschool music program on Chicago’s West Side, and co-leads the Wiggleworms in Residence program in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Duke Otherwise, scheduled for October 5, is a Madison, Wisconsin-based musician who plays nearly 150 shows a year throughout the Midwest and beyond. According to his website, his “energetic live show is filled with improvisation, audience participation, dancing, and outrageous fun!”

The full June musician schedule includes:

Thursday, June 1

8-9:30 a.m. – Isiaiah Collier (saxophone)

9:45-11:15 a.m. – Jeanie B! (children’s musician)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Phil Passen (dulcimer)

Thursday, June 8

8-9:30 a.m. – Kat Best (cello)

9:45-11:15 a.m. – JD Kostyk (guitar)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Darius Hampton (saxophone)

Thursday, June 15

8-9:30 a.m. – Kielbasa & Kimchi (flute & piano)

9:45-11:15 a.m. – Kolleen Blume (fiddle)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – George Urgo (blues guitar)

Thursday, June 22

8-9:30 a.m. – Aaron Smith (banjo)

9:45-11:15 a.m. – Kat Best (cello)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Darius Hampton (saxophone)

Thursday, June 29

8-9:30 a.m. – Isiaiah Collier (saxophone)

9:45-11:15 a.m. – JD Kostyk (guitar)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – George Urgo (blues guitar)

 

To learn more about the Hyde Park Farmers Market, visit the market’s Facebook page.

 

Children’s musician Laura Doherty to perform at the Hyde Park Farmers Market on Thursday, July 7 and Thursday, August 4

If you’re looking for something fun (and free!) to do with your kids, mark your calendar for nationally touring children’s recording artist Laura Doherty – performing two acoustic shows at the Hyde Park Farmers Market - one on Thursday, July 7 and one on Thursday, August 4 - both from 10-11:30 a.m.

Originally from Westchester, N.Y., Doherty started playing the guitar at 16, moved to Chicago following college, and served as a teacher and director of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s early-childhood music program, Wiggleworms. Since then, she has released three Parents’ Choice award-winning albums, Kids in the City (2009), Shining Like a Star (2011), and In A Heartbeat (2014). Time Out Chicago has named her one of the top four kids’ musicians in Chicago.

Doherty and her band, The Heartbeats, have performed at hundreds of shows and festivals across the country, including Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Pritzker Pavilion, Lollapalooza, Philly’s World Cafe Live, Boston’s Club Passim, and many more.

Plan a fun morning at the Hyde Park Farmers Market with your little ones – with a wide variety of vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, jams, flowers, and more, as well as a big bucket of sidewalk chalk for budding artists.

The Hyde Park Farmers Market has live music every week, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. through October 27, with musicians playing 90-minute sets from 7-8:30 a.m., 8:30-10 a.m., 10-11:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about the Hyde Park Farmers Market, go to the Downtown Hyde Park website, and follow the group on Facebook.

Hyde Park Farmers Market free community booth slots filling up

Since the Hyde Park Farmers Market opened on June 2, local community groups are showing great interest in one of its newest amenities—a free community booth for local businesses and non-profit organizations.

Seven organizations and businesses, including the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Doulas of Chicago, Perfect Peace Massage Therapy, iMentor, the Hyde Park School of Dance, the Chicago Free School, and the Indie City Writers, have all signed up for the weekly Thursday slots, which are available now through October 27, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The booth may be used for community outreach, demonstrations, and other  activities, or select fundraising efforts such as bake sales for non-profit groups. The booth allows community groups to reach the farmers market audience without the typical long-term commitment and cost. In addition to the booth, the farmers market also supplies a table and two chairs.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is scheduled for the booth on June 16, and Jill O’Donovan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, commented, “We look forward to providing information on our current services including STEM programming for youth, our Economic Empowerment Institute, a number of family and childcare support services as well as our sexual violence and support services.  We are hopeful that our presence at the booth will not only help to increase awareness of our services but also encourage people to follow us on social media to keep up with our news and events. “

The Chicago Free School is scheduled to have representatives at the booth on July 28.  "We are excited to reach out to new families and share more about our school's vision for education and how we seek to empower children," said Lauren Beitler, the school’s founder and one of its teachers.

K.B. Jensen, co-organizer and Founder of Indie City Writers, scheduled for the booth on August 18 added, "The ability to use this space gives us a chance to get the word out about our community of writers, raise funds through book sales, and have fun writing communal poetry with the market-goers. The Hyde Park Farmers' Market is always a vibrant place that draws people together. It's a wonderful opportunity to recruit new members and tell people about our live-lit events and workshops.”

“We are happy to provide additional exposure for community organizations and local businesses to reach the farmers market audience through our new community booth feature,” said Eric Reaves, Program Manager for the South East Chicago Commission, responsible for organizing the market. “It gives these groups the chance to directly connect with area residents and shoppers and share information about important services and programs.”

Interested groups can apply for a date slot by contacting Amy Williams at acwilliams@uchicago.edu.

For more information about the Hyde Park Farmers Market, visit the Downtown Hyde Park website, and follow the group on Facebook.

Hyde Park Farmers Market offering sign-ups for free community booth for local businesses and non-profits during the 2016 season

The Hyde Park Farmers Market kicks off a second season at Harper Court on Thursday, June 2, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., running through October 27, for a total of 22 weeks.

Seventeen vendors will be participating this year, selling a wide variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants, as well as farm-raised meat, eggs, baked goods, coffee, jam, and more.

Sponsored by Downtown Hyde Park (SSA #61), the Farmers Market is offering a new amenity this year – a free community booth for local businesses and non-profit organizations to share during the season. Based on availability, businesses or groups will be able to apply for a date slot, and the booth may be used for community outreach, demonstrations, and other crafts/activities, or select fundraising efforts such as bake sales for non-profit groups. If a group elects to do a bake sale, specific guidelines will be provided. The Hyde Park Farmers Market will supply a tent, table, and chairs.

“Typically booths must be rented for the entire season,” said Eric Reaves, Director of SSA #61, “but this new program enables local groups to reach the large audience of farmers market shoppers without the long-term commitment and cost.”

Interested groups can apply for a date slot by contacting Amy Williams at acwilliams@uchicago.edu.

For more information about the Hyde Park Farmers Market, visit the Downtown Hyde Park website and on Facebook.

Hyde Park Farmers Market returns to Harper Court on Thursday, June 4

The Hyde Park Farmers Market will begin its summer season in the courtyard area of Harper Court at 5300 S. Harper Court, on Thursday, June 4, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., taking place rain or shine every week through October 29.

Co-sponsored by the South East Chicago Commission and the Special Service Area of Hyde Park with assistance from the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 season marks the return to the market’s original location in Harper Court from its hiatus at Harold Washington Park from 2010-2014, and includes more than one dozen local and regional farms and Hyde Park vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, crafts, plants, flowers, and more.

Confirmed vendors include Lyons Fruit Farm, Hardin Farms, Smits Farms, C&D Family Farms, Mudsock Stock Farm, Gunthorp Farms, Parrish Farms, Marilyn’s Bakery, Noffke Family Farm, Katic Breads, Artisan Bread Shoppe, Madsen Farms, Liveland Farms, and Nancy Krause Floral Design & Garden Antiques.

“We’re happy to bring the Hyde Park Farmers Market back to its original location in Harper Court,” said James M. Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial real estate operations for the University. “With 53rd Street increasingly becoming a center for retail and other activity, this location will put the vendors in the heart of Hyde Park’s commercial district while providing the local community with convenient access to a farmer’s market.”

To stay up to date with Farmers Market news, visit their Facebook page as well as Twitter and Instagram at @DHPChicago.