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Food stamp sales by category at 61st Street Market 2013 Season

At the Experimental Station, we work with government, the private sector and other community organizations to test and advocate for models of food access that work for vulnerable communities, make the most out of the donated dollar, support local small farmers, and sustain the regional ecology.

In the spirit of measuring and sharing our results, we're going to run a short series of year in review on our involvement the farmers market and the healthy food access scene in 2013, from a few different angles.

Today, we're sharing some data and considerations on what types of foods low-income shoppers bought at the 61st Street Farmers Market in 2013.

61st Street Farmers Market

Since founding the Market in 2008, Experimental Station has worked to increase access to and affordability of fresh and healthy food for all residents in Chicago's Woodlawn, Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. All our farmers and food artisans are local (Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan) and grow, raise and produce their food following sustainable practices, with many being certified organic.

To ensure everyone in our community has access to fresh, clean food we offer the DVCP (Double Value Coupon Program) so that every LINK (food stamps in Illinois) shopper's purchase is matched up to $25 per market day. DVCP puts healthy food within reach of all budgets and invites low income shoppers to get a direct connection to where their food is coming from. Local small farms and food vendors take in more revenue from LINK purchases when there is a DVCP match.

look at how much more food through LINK Up Illinois double value match
On the left, a $25 dollar basket at the 61st Street Farmers Market. On the right, that same basket plus $25 more worth of food from the Double Value Coupons.

What Types of Foods

In 2013 our 61st Street Farmers Market cleared record amounts of LINK sales ($20,447.50) and DVCP as well ($18,692.00), #1 in the state of Illinois.

One way we can look to measure our impact is to ask: what kinds of foods did people spend their LINK money on when they shopped at the market? So we sliced the LINK sales data into food categories to get a sense of this:

Concealed Carry Opening

Thu, Jan 9, 2014. 5:00pm - 8:00pm


We are excited to be presenting a two-week installation of works by artists and art collectives, all addressing the impact of the new Firearm Concealed Carry legislation in Illinois, which will go into effect on January 1.

The 61st Street Farmers Market moves indoors November 2nd!

winter market is coming

Heads up everyone! After the last outdoor market on October 26th, we're not skipping a beat. Follow us inside for the indoor market season. And for the first time ever, the 61st Street Farmers Market will operate year-round.

Evening of Horror & Suspense!

Sat, Oct 26, 2013. 8:00pm - 10:00pm

an evening of terror and suspense

Are you seeking entertainment of the spooky kind? The Hyde Park Community Players are presenting their yearly Halloween show, an Evening of Horror & Suspense on October 26th at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park. This is the Players’ fourth annual show of odd and macabre stories presented in the old-time radio style.

CAF Open House Tours

Sat, Oct 19, 2013. 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Oct 20, 2013. 9:00am - 5:00pm


Come and see the Experimental Station this weekend. Our doors will be open from 9AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday, tours on the half hour. Part of Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago. Free!

Interrupting a Culture of Violence Against Women

Thu, Dec 12, 2013. 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Interrupting Violence against women

This is a free event and open to the public but registration is required.

What does #rape look like? From Steubenville to Maryville, how do we and the media respond to and depict male violence, masculinity, and the national epidemic of violence against women?

Running (for) the 61st Street Farmers Market

danny burke showing off vermicomposting at growing power
Market Manager Danny Burke teaches Woodlawn Youth about worm composting at a field trip to Growing Power's Iron Street Farm

Update 10/2/13: $2,960 raised so far! Just $3,040 to go!

On October 13th, The 61st Street Farmers Market Manager is lacing up his shoes and running all 26.2 miles of the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for the Market.

Inside Out/11M Project

Sat, Aug 10, 2013. 9:00am - 1:00pm

JR inside out photo truck pic

This Saturday, Experimental Station is thrilled to host Inside Out/11M, a large-scale art installation to celebrate America's diversity.

Come get your picture taken and we'll wheatpaste the walls along 61st Street and Blackstone Ave. By the afternoon, we'll have a large street art representation of our community. Cool!

Justin Hines Concert

Fri, Jul 12, 2013. 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Justin Hines plays Experimental Station

We are super-excited to tell you that Justin Hines, a rising star in the Canadian folk-pop scene, has teamed up with the Experimental Station for a benefit concert, as part of his Vehicle of Change tour! We invite you to join us on Friday, July 12 at 7:30pm for an up close and personal experience with this inspirational man and his music.

Refurbished 1960s Dawes Realmrider - Brandon & Maalik with the Bike of the Week


Our first featured ‘Bike of the Week’ is an early-1960s blue and gold Dawes ‘Realmrider’.