The Edible Gardens and the Green City Market
As a world class city, Chicago is at the forefront of innovation; visionaries are looking to a sustainable way of living as a new blueprint for urban life. Chicago fosters a variety of “green” projects. The Edible Gardens and the Green City Market are organizations that support and educate others on a sustainable, natural lifestyle by locally growing produce and creating educational programs. To begin with, Green City Market began with the vision of one woman, Abby Mandel, in 1998. Mandel, who was an author, chef, and entrepreneur, traveled to Europe and was inspired by the sustainable farmer’s markets and vowed to design a sustainable market in Chicago. She started GCM with nine local farmers next to the Chicago Theater. Within a short period of time, GCM expanded to its current location in Lincoln Park. Abby Mandel died in 2008. In addition, Green City Market’s mission is as follows:
“The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community” (The Edible Gardens and Green City Market).
Likewise, The Edible Garden and the Green City Market foster a plethora of programs, but three are unique to this organization: The Edible Gardens, Club Sports, and Chef Demonstrations. The Edible Gardens, located at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo is a small organic farm growing in season produce. It is important because it not only educates the public, but also creates interesting dialogue about sustainable living. Chef demonstrations, a program featuring local chefs using fresh ingredients to create meals, gives patrons practical ways to use the fruits and vegetables in season at The Edible Garden. Club Sprouts is a children’s program about the diversity of food groups and a natural lifestyle....
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