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Farm Tour & Happy Hour Fundraiser

To Benefit Green City Market's Edible Gardens

Prairie Grass Cafe, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Jeanne Nolan of The Organic Gardener are hosting a Farm Tour and Happy Hour, 1:30-5 pm, Saturday, June 15th to benefit Green City Market's Edible Garden. Meet at Jeanne Nolan's beautiful garden home (1660 Sunset Ridge, Northfield, IL 60062) for a tour of the gardens. After the tour, head over to Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL) for drinks and appetizers.

Tickets are $150 per person (not including gratuity for the PGC staff).


Reservations may be made by calling Prairie Grass Cafe at (847) 205-4433.

Please follow the link below to make your donation prior to the event. Payment for the event will be checked upon arrival at Prairie Grass Cafe on June 15th (please bring proof of donation). The full ticket price, $150, will be donated to the Green City Market in support of the Edible Gardens but we ask that you leave a cash tip for the Prairie Grass Cafe staff.

Please note that this garden tour is done "farmer-style" meaning rain or shine! Bring comfortable shoes and an umbrella or raincoat if necessary! We are so looking forward to seeing you on June 15th!

What is Green City Market’s Edible Gardens?

The Edible Gardens at Lincoln Park Zoo was started in 2005 as an educational garden and part of Green City Market's outreach mission. The garden is a feature of Green City Market's Farm to Field Trip program, a program that fosters inclusive, equitable and quality sustainable food systems education for all through interactive, experiential learning.

Since 2020, The Organic Gardener has planted The Edible Gardens as a donation garden with all of the produce and flowers going directly to local food pantries to alleviate food insecurity.

Each year, they grow over 1,000 lbs of vegetables, fruit, and flowers. They utilize sustainable growing techniques and practices to maximize output. This season, they are growing: tomatoes, squash, eggplant, swiss chard, scallions, beets, collard greens, sweet and hot peppers, cucumbers, beans, basil, a variety of pollinator friendly flowers, and more!

For the fourth year, the Edible Gardens will once again be planted for food production with 100% of the produce output to go directly to local food pantries and mutual aid groups serving neighbors facing food insecurity.

Find Out More About The Edible Gardens

In 2005, Jeanne Nolan designed and installed The Edible Gardens and still maintains it.

"The Edible Gardens engages visitors to Lincoln Park Zoo in the seed to table movement through urban farming. Offering a vision & taste of locally grown food, the garden emphasizes Green City Market's commitment to educating Chicagoans of all ages about how food is grown and helping children develop the ability to make informed decisions about how to nourish themselves for a lifetime."

-Jeanne Nolan of The Organic Gardener

Get to Know Jeanne

“I’m passionate about the Edible Gardens as a public touchpoint to drive education about regenerative farming & the sustainable food movement into the mainstream."

-Sarah Stegner, Founding member of Green City Market

"The Edible Garden at Green City Market is so important because it provides valuable hands-on learning experiences for children, teaching them about gardening, where food comes from, and promoting a lifelong appreciation for healthy eating. As chefs, we believe it is crucial to educate kids on sustainable food sources and deepen their connection to community through gardens and farmers markets."

-Christine Cikowski

Get to Know Christine and Josh

If you cannot attend the event but would like to donate to the cause follow the link below. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Chef Sarah (sarah@prairiegrasscafe.com) or Jeanne Nolan (info@theorganicgardener.net).

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