Black churches hope farmers markets change eating habits in Chicago ‘food desert’

While farmers markets and garden parties might be associated more with upscale wine-and-cheese communities around Chicago, the wine-and-wafer crowds of North Lawndale and other neighborhoods are now getting in on the action, but more out of necessity than to be trendy.

This month, several churches on the city’s South and West Sides have recruited local farmers and urban growers to peddle their produce at farmers markets, filling what organizers called a void in fresh fruit and vegetables in their communities.



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