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Farmers Market Committee needs a volunteer

March 26, 2019 02:30 PM

The City is currently accepting applications from individuals who would like to serve on the Farmers Market Committee.  Come be a part of the team that brings in local farmers and artisans to Park Ridge who will offer a variety of fresh herbs, flowers, specialty foods, baked goods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and more to the residents of our community.  The market is open every Saturday Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October.  Members must attend regular monthly meetings.    

Interested individuals should complete an application for Boards & Commissions and return it to Deputy Clerk Peterson by fax at 847/318-5300, hand deliver to City Hall, or email the application to no later than April 7.  

You will be contacted by the City to come in for a brief 10-15 minute interview on a Monday evening between 6pm and 7 pm to meet with the Mayor's Advisory Board.  Each candidate that is recommended for appointment will be required to complete a non-fingerprint type background check, as required by Municipal Code.  Final appointment is made by the Elected Officials at a City Council meeting.

Thank you for your interest in serving the City of Park Ridge.  Many times it has been said that the volunteers are the backbone of our community.  The City is extremely grateful for those who have chosen to serve.



History of the Farmers Market:

The Park Ridge Farmer’s Market was began in 1989 as part of former Park Ridge Mayor Marty Butler’s “Vision 2000” Committee. A group of citizen-volunteers was established to bring the idea to life, including Owen Hayes, Bea Painter, Dave Donovan and Frank Huster as organizers, Robert Ryan as the first committee Chairman, and Carol Zeugel Longman as the first Market Master.

The committee spent the next year working to get the market off the ground. This included research, visiting other farmers markets, drafting an ordinance, and working with local officials. The University of Illinois Agricultural Extension Service also provided information and assistance. Farmers and vendors were contacted. As they applied, a committee member would visit each business to ensure that the farmers really did grow the produce or prepare the products.




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