Many favorite vendors from Evanston’s summer farmers’ market can be found at the indoor market at Immanuel Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. on two Saturdays each month.
At Immanuel’s marketplace, the focus is on farmers, with an emphasis on locally grown greens, produce, meats, and cheeses. This helps producers create a revenue stream in an otherwise bleak season. While the market offers apple galettes and savory plates from its Market Kitchen, many patrons shop for ingredients to be used in their own dishes.
The congregation works hard to welcome shoppers and create a space with positive energy. Kendall College instructor Eric Singer mentors teams of volunteers in the kitchen while they hone their culinary skills. A peace tree is available for shoppers to add their prayer requests, and the sanctuary is open for personal reflection.
The funds gathered from grower fees, kitchen proceeds, sale of note cards, etc. are donated to local and international hunger relief agencies. Last year a total of $6,000 was distributed among Curt’s Cafe South, Interfaith Action of Evanston, Hillside Food Pantry, Lutheran World Hunger, Soup at Six, Mary Lou’s Place – Evanston North Shore YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter.
The market will be open Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25 and April 8 and 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake St.