chicago farmers market collective

Unified by our common goal to provide all Chicagoans with access to locally grown, nutrient dense food, we strive to support one another through resource and knowledge sharing.

All Chicago farmers market managers and directors are welcome and encouraged to join us! 

The group meets virtually, usually on the last Friday of the month.

important update: covid-19

The Independent Farmers Markets of Chicago and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is proud of the more than 60 farmers markets across Chicago that proudly served residents from all neighborhoods. Under the guidance of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and to ensure Chicago continues to flatten the COVID-19 curve and slow the rate of increase in total cases in the city, we postponed the opening of all city and farmer markets until after June 5, 2020. The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority and we appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience during this difficult time. 

The Chicago Farmers Market Collective continues to work together to compile resources for people to support our local vendors through pick up locations, home delivery, Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) options. While many farmers markets will be closing as per their originally schedule dates, others will be extending dates into the winter months. Please check individual market websites for information. 


Farmers Markets that opened in 2020 have implemented new operations and procedures which will vary and are planned to continue in 2021. Expect markets to include scheduled pick up appointments, required social distancing and use of PPE, hand sanitizing products and/or hand wash sinks, separate shopping hours for vulnerable customers, limited use of currency or debit/credit cards, temperature taking before entry and more.


Please note: markets will not allow the sale of unwrapped prepared foods, sampling, cooking demos or cooking or eating onsite until further notice.