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Farmers Market

The West Humboldt Park Farmers Market began during the summer of 2012 to address the problem known as 'food deserts,' lack of access to healthy food options in the West Humboldt Park community. Since its grand opening, the market has achieved many successes, which includes a venue change to its current location at the Neighborhood Housing Services parking lot at 3601 West Chicago Avenue. It continues to flourish into a one-stop shop where community members can gather to purchase healthy food options such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and so much more!  

There are many activities, which take place at Farmers Markets to address community health risks and keep residents engaged. Health Screenings, which include blood sugar checks, blood pressure checks and flu shots are available on specific dates and provided by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Walgreens and Near North Health Center. Healthy cooking demonstrations are provided with on-site nutritionists offering nutrition advice. Stress relief activities such as yoga and tai chi are offered. Fitness class demonstrations range from kickboxing to zumba.

Entertainment at the Farmers Market has caught the attention of the community. Local church choirs have perform gospel music, capturing and displaying part of the WHP culture. Product vendors include jewelry, African beauty products, paintings and vintage clothing. Resource vendors allow visitors to register to vote, learn more about HIV Aids awareness and get tested and learn about other health risks in this community including diabetes and obesity.  

The market continues to prosper and is a result of the WHP Healthy Communities Initiative Strategic Plan. West Humboldt Park will be a community with access to resources for wellness, employment, education and affordable housing in order to help residents achieve a better quality of life in a safe community.  

One of six core values focuses on healthy food access. Collaborating with farmers from Growing Powers and Fresh moves, fortunately, the WHP Farmers Market has been able to provide much more than just healthy food to residents in a community where health risks such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, asthma and arthritis are prevalent