The New & Improved
Fresh Moves Mobile Market

Urban Growers Collective’s goal is to bring the benefits of healthy, locally grown produce and other nutritious foods to Chicago’s communities while supporting the growth of Chicago’s urban farmers. Our Fresh Moves Mobile Market is a bus that has been converted into a mobile farmers’ market. The “produce aisle on wheels” works toward closing the ‘food access gap’ by bringing produce to schools, community centers, churches, and health clinics — places that folks already frequent — to make good food accessible in Black and Brown neighborhoods that have been historically divested. Customers board the bus and shop for delicious local fruit, vegetables and grocery staples. The produce is priced to be affordable for all and to provide a fair return for the farmers and makers.

We are proud to offer Link Match up to $25 on any Link purchases at the Fresh Moves Mobile Market!

Link Match is brought to you by Link Up Illinois. Link Up Illinois is making healthy, local, farm-fresh foods more affordable and accessible by doubling the value of Link purchases at farmers markets, farm stands, food co-ops, and independent grocery and corner stores across Illinois. Link Up Illinois is a program of Experimental Station. You can learn more at www.linkupil.org.

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What We Sell

UGC-Grown Produce

From sweet winter greens to juicy August tomatoes, find fresh, seasonal produce from Urban Growers Collective farms on the Fresh Moves bus all year round!

Pantry Staples

We offer a variety of pantry staples, including Barilla pasta, dry beans from Breslin Farms, coffee from Chicago French Press, bread from Middle Brow, and more!

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Partners' Produce

Fresh Moves is stocked with foods from our partners, such as seasonal local fruit from Seedling, micro greens and lettuce from Urban Eden, and non-local produce staples from Midwest Foods!

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Value-Added Products

We’re proud to offer value-added products from local BIPOC growers and makers, including chow-chow from Sistas in the Village and goat milk soap from EINNIM!

A Little Background

Fresh Moves was formerly a program of Growing Power, Inc. and Food Desert Action, Inc. It ran in Chicago under the direction of Growing Power from 2015-2017. When Growing Power closed in 2017, Urban Growers Collective continued the Fresh Moves Mobile Market program. Below is the press release from when the Fresh Moves Mobile Market first launched in 2015.

The bus featured on Great Big Story in June 2019.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Growing Power Chicago Director Erika Allen announced a $100,000 federal grant to launch mobile markets in Chicago with two Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses no longer in service. This investment will enable Growing Power to provide locally-grown organic and sustainable foods to ten neighborhoods on Chicago’s south and west sides. In June 2012, Mayor Emanuel and USDA Secretary Vilsack announced a first round of federal funding to completely retrofit an out-of-service CTA bus into a fully-operational mobile market.

Public and private investments in programs like Fresh Moves Mobile Markets are helping to ensure that all Chicago families have access to affordable, fresh and healthy food, neighborhood services and the investments in infrastructure, education and public space that create the vital communities of tomorrow,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“I thank Secretary Vilsack for recognizing the efforts Chicago is making towards our goal to reduce the number of Chicagoans that live without easy access to fresh, healthy food, and thank Growing Power which continues to be a vigilant partner in these efforts.

This investment means that Growing Power can expand mobile markets into some of the most underserved communities on the west and south sides of Chicago, including North Lawndale, Austin, Garfield Park, Washington Park, Englewood, Roseland, Woodlawn, Grand Boulevard, Fuller Park and South Shore. The buses will make stops at health clinics, schools, day care centers, farmers markets, parks, housing complexes and other community sites to bring fresh, locally grown produce to community residents.”

The Fresh Moves Mobile Market is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Barilla US

The Rosenthal Foundation

Camille Kerr

Toni Riley

Felix Huang and Joshua Lau

Joanie Friedman

Jessie and Jason Allen

Kelly Marie Thompson

Carrie Schloss

Margot Pritzker

Questions?

Reach out at info@urbangrowerscollective.org or (773) 376-8882.