May 19 – October 27
Thursday, 11:00 am- 5:30 pm
1844 W. 59th Street
All farm stands include cooking demonstrations with free samples and recipe cards for healthy meals. Free farm tours are also available! WIC, SNAP, EBT & Senior Coupons double-valued.
*Special Note: Our Farm Stand moved locations from previous years, just around the corner. Please use the updated address above.
May 28 – October 29
We are joining a new market in 2022! The 61st Street Farmers Market is south side Chicago’s premier farmers market, located in Hyde Park and Woodlawn at 6100 S Blackstone Avenue from 9am-2pm. We will be there every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
June – October
*New for 2022!*
Our produce will be available on the shelf at two local storefronts, so you can shop Growing Home produce any day of the week. Stay tuned for the exact date our produce can be found here. Our two storefronts are below:
Go Green Fresh Market
1208 W 63rd St
The Plant Chicago
4459 S Marshfield Ave
Thursday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Locations & Tours
Wood Street Urban Farm & Growing Home Farm Stand
5814 S. Wood Street & 1844 W. 59th Street, Chicago IL
TOURS are available Monday- Friday, 8:00am- 3:00pm. A suggested donation of $10/person is waived for some school and non-profit groups. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Our LEARNING GARDEN is open to youth groups of all ages. Schedule an interactive tour and hands-on educational experience for your school or youth group by emailing email@example.com.
NEW FOR 2021: We have an Englewood Community Garden starting! Grow your own food and groceries alongside expert urban farmers at no cost. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining.
Our Farm’s History
Growing Home’s farms are the first and only USDA-certified organic high-production urban farms in Chicago.
Growing Home has been operating a social enterprise in the Chicagoland region for over 15 years. We have worked in Englewood, an underserved community on Chicago’s south side, for over a decade, and we believe that urban agriculture, combined with local food enterprise, can be a catalyst for change.
Growing Home’s first plot of land was acquired in Marseilles, IL in 1998 through the McKinney-Vento Act, which allows for the use of federal surplus land for nonprofits working with disadvantaged populations. This site, later named the Les Brown Memorial Farm, served as one of our primary training sites for Production Assistants for many years.
In 2005, Growing Home began discussions with the City of Chicago and Teamwork Englewood about developing an urban farm in the Englewood neighborhood. Our Wood Street Urban Farm was fully operational by 2009, a four-year process that convinced City lawmakers to amend the zoning ordinance and formally allow urban farming in Chicago. In 2011, Growing Home broke ground on another farm, on Honore Street, adjacent to the Wood Street Farm. Together, the Wood Street and Honore Street Farms provide .87 acres of cultivable land and are the center of our programming. In 2012, our work at these farms earned Growing Home the prestigious Chicago Neighborhood Builders Award.
We are proud that, because of Growing Home’s pioneering efforts, urban farms have a greater opportunity to spring up around the city, bringing the benefits of fresh, local food to communities across Chicago.
Since our first year of farming, in 2002, we have operated our farms as a social enterprise, bringing in approximately 10% of our annual revenues through produce sales. 100% of this funding is used to continue our training program and to employ our Production Assistants.
At all our farms, Growing Home uses a combination of outdoor growing space and unheated hoop houses to extend our growing season through the cold winters, allowing us to harvest from March through December. With a small staff of trained urban growers, we harvest a wide variety of produce, from our baby salad mix and arugula, to collard and mustard greens. Our signature tomato production varies from unique heirloom varieties to the early slicer tomatoes that are perfect for fried green tomatoes. We now grow over 200 varieties of vegetables on our land.
Because we believe that all people and communities deserve to eat well, all our produce is grown, harvested, cleaned, and sold within a 20-mile radius.