Markets and Meals for Hope 2015-2016
Responding to a growing interest in local food and the growth of farmers’ markets, we believe it's important to foster shared values between rural and urban populations concerning agriculture and food. Summer farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms have become important sources for fresh local foods in the summer months.
Our winter farmers' markets in faith communities have introduced brunches using local food prepared by congregations under the direction of professional chefs. These markets provide small-scale farmers the chance to sell their products in off-season. The farmers supply ingredients for the brunches and are able to sell directly to those attending the meals.
Products for sale at the markets include produce, meats, maple syrup, honey, preserves, soaps cheese and baked goods. Farmers help farmers by building connections with each other and by donating ten percent of sales to the Harvest of Hope emergency fund with 100% of the donations given to farmers in need.
If you are interested in hosting an event or becoming a farmers’ market vendor,
In the Milwaukee area, contact Linda Sheridan at 608-513-5805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois markets are organized by a partnership between Churches' Center for Land and People and Faith in Place. For information about hosting a Winter Farmers' Market in the Chicago area, go to http://www.localharvest.org/winter-farmers-markets-chicago%20area-M19510 or call 312-733-4640 x 116.