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Recapping the Season: Thursday Mini-Market 2020

Hello Birds, 

Today's Journal post is one that feels important but also saddens us to see the season come to a close. This year has thrown us plenty of curve balls, including switching up how we were bringing you all things Rare Bird. When the city of Oak Park announced it's outdoor dining initiative back in May of 2020, we jumped at the opportunity to take advantage of the Alley space adjacent to our brick & mortar shop. Hence the Thursday Mini-Market was born! 

The Market began as an effort to create a safe, outdoor and socially distanced event that offered everything we love - Fresh Produce, Rare Bird Pastries, and collaborating with other small businesses. Below is a recap of the businesses and brands that popped up with us this summer, and we hope that you continue to think of them during the holidays, and continue to support small business wherever you go!  Cheers to a wonderful market season! See you next year!

Thursday Mini-Market participants 

-Mick Klug Farm - IG @MickKlugFarm 

Started the season off with Mick Klug, and included one of our Vanilla Cream scone mixes in their 200 CSA boxes in May! 

-Catalpa Grove Farm - IG @Catalpa_Grove_Farm

Now using their Antibotic free ground sausage in our Breakfast Bread Pudding!

-Star Farm Chicago

-Masa Madre - IG @Hellomasamadre

-JUSTice Cream - IG @justicecreamshop

Hosted JUSTice Cream for their very first market, and matched their market sales --donating $580 to Chicago Non-Profits. 

-Popify Pops - IG @popifypops

Provided tart cherry juice for a collaborative pop flavor- Blackberry Cherry! 

-JoSnow Syrups - IG @josnowsyrups

-Beautiful Rind - IG @beautifulrind

Collaborated on a custom Cheese board featuring our Fig Earl Grey

-Black Out Baking - IG @blackoutbakingco

-Karls Craft Soups - IG @soupson 

-Emeche Cakery - IG @emechecakeryandcafe

-Field & Florist - IG @fieldandflorist

-Ivy & Birch Floral - IG @ivyandbirchfloral

-Nutmegs Nut Butters -  IG @nutmegspreads

-Do Well Sandwich Co. -IG @do_well_chicago