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Chicago gets 5 new farmers markets

posted on April 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Five Chicago neighborhoods will get new farmers markets starting this summer.

     Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the neighborhoods Thursday. They will be located in areas that have limited grocery options, known as food deserts. The sites are near public transportation and will accept LINK cards.

     Each market will have an on-site nutritionist, cooking demonstrations, gardening instructions, music and other community programs.

     Local partners have stepped in to help with each new market. The costs of opening and maintaining the five markets for the next two years will be covered by Kraft Foods and Safeway Foundation, which will provide $75,000 each.

     The city operates more than 20 farmers markets. More than 20 additional markets are operated by nonprofits, community groups and local chambers of commerce.

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