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Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:05

PCC Austin Farm Season Wrapping Up

farm-stand-fall-produce - CopyCHICAGO, Ill. –There is still time to shop for local produce at the PCC Austin Farm Stand. The PCC Austin Farm will continue to offer fresh vegetables, harvested locally until Tuesday, October 31. Visitors can choose among a variety of seasonal items, including spinach, cabbage, sweet potatoes, kale, mustard, and collard greens.

The farm stand will be open Tuesday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 31 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as this Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 330 N. Lotus Avenue in Chicago, the stand accepts various payment methods, including cash, credit/debit, LINK, Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program vouchers and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) farmers' market coupons. Double value incentives are available for LINK and WIC purchases.

"It's been an awesome season and we've hosted the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Austin Food Co–op, doing info sessions for our customers and visitors. The season isn't over yet and we still hope to see many new customers," said Lucy Flores, Community Outreach and Health Education Manager at PCC.

To help Austin residents increase their fruit and vegetable intake, the farm stand offers healthy recipes that use ingredients from the farm. In addition, free children's books are available for customers and visitors. The farm is situated across from PCC Austin Family Health Center, which provides primary care and integrated behavioral health and oral health care, among other services.

For more information about the PCC Austin Farm, or opportunities to volunteer, contact Lucy Flores at 773-413-1240 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 19:07

Fresh from the PCC Austin Community Farm

OAK PARK, Ill. – May 27, 2015 – PCC Austin Produce Market’s fifth season begins on Tuesday, June 2 with a new twist: organically grown produce grown on-site by PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC). Instead of simply telling patients to eat well, the community health center is providing easy access to produce within the Austin community. Produce grown on the farm will be harvested and sold at the market. First harvest picks will include mustard and collard greens, kale, radishes, lettuce, and scallions.

This summer, the market will be held every Tuesday from June 2 to October 27, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. as well as the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Selling produce to nearby distributors and food service organizations will contribute to self-sufficiency. “We have already sold spinach to a local distributor,” said Robert J. Urso, PCC President and CEO. “This is a great first step to having a sustainable urban farm."

A Windy City Harvest participant harvests the first spinach crop at PCC Austin Community Farm.

By cultivating a farm, PCC hopes to help meet Austin and neighboring communities' need for produce and to help alleviate health issues, such as obesity, that thrive in food deserts (urban neighborhood that lacks adequate access to affordable, healthy food).

The PCC Austin Community Farm, located at 330 N. Lotus Avenue in Chicago, was established in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest program. Experts in urban agriculture, Windy City Harvest staff built the farm and will maintain the site for the first three years of operations. During that time, PCC will recruit community members who are interested in participating in Windy City Harvest’s certificate program in hopes of finding a permanent, local farm coordinator. Through this endeavor, PCC will engage community members in volunteer opportunities as well as farming and nutrition workshops. Funding for the project was awarded by the Humana Foundation in 2014.

For more information about the PCC Austin Produce Market or opportunities to participate on the farm, contact Lucy Flores at 773-413-1240.

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