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Fresh eggs will be available at Homewood’s Indoor Farmers Market Saturday, March 28, as Locavore Farms of Grant Park joins the growing list of vendors.

Plants from HydroSapiens 
were available at the Feb. 28 
Indoor Farmers Market.
by Eric Crump/The Chronicle)

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School gymnasium, 17949 Dixie Highway.

According to its Facebook page, Locavore Farms is a five-acre family farm “offering shares in locally-grown, chemical-free produce, along with open-air farm events.” The name refers to “a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food,” according to the farm’s website.

The farm is licensed to sell free-range, organic, hormone-free eggs.

Locavore Farms joins another organic food vendor, The Eating Well, which debuted at the market Feb. 28. 

The Eating Well and two other vendors who made their first appearance in February, Angelo’s Fresh Market and HydroSapiens, are expected to return Saturday.

Demi, 2, left, and Mia, 3, shop 
for books at the Olive Road 
Little Free Library’s book 
(Photo by Eric Crump/
The Chronicle)

All of the indoor market’s original vendors will also be at the market Saturday, including Homewood Kitchen Gardens, Bakewell Bakery, Enjoi Bakery, Sonoma Farms, TJ Kettlecorn and Cynthia’s Gumbo Express.

Madysen and Sydnie Bolin and Shana Maros tended the Angelo’s booth in February and said they were very pleased with the turnout and got some ideas from patrons about how to adjust their offerings for the March session.

Mark Moxley, of Homewood and owner of Chicago-based HyrdoSapiens, explained the new business is one that will focus on helping customers learn how to grow plants hydroponically, providing instruction and supplies. 

The market also makes space for community organizations and projects. 

Luc, 6, finds a book at the
Olive Road Little Free Library 
cart with “major yuck” factor
(a drawing of a skeleton), a
definite plus, apparently, 
because he took the book 
with him.
(Photo by Eric 
Crump/The Chronicle)

Sarah Austin, steward of Olive Road Little Free Library, is also expected to return with her painted cart that serves as a mobile Little Free Library. The cart is Homewood’s most recent officially recognized Little Free Library.

H-F Soccer Club was represented in February by Anne Colton. The organization is getting ready for its spring season. 

Market Manager Kate Duff said about 200 people attended the second indoor market. Not bad, she said, considering the move from Village Hall to St. Joseph and the fact that wind chill was well below zero for the February session. 

She is making plans for the summer market now. Vendors and community groups who wish to participate can find registration forms and market rules at the Village of Homewood website.


Related stories:
Homewood Winter Farmers Market moves to make room (The Chronicle, Feb. 24, 2015)
First Homewood Winter Farmers Market popular with patrons, vendors (The Chronicle, Jan. 31, 2015)
Homewood Farmers Market returns to the stage Saturday (The Chronicle, Jan. 27, 2015)

More information:
Locavore Farms
Homewood Kitchen Gardens
Bakewell Bakery
Enjoi Bakeshop
Cynthia’s Gumbo Express
Sonoma Farms
Angelo’s Fresh Market
The Eating Well
Little Free Library on Olive Road
HF Soccer Club
Summer Market information and signup

Contact Eric Crump at [email protected]


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