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Byline: Celebrate Green City Market, A Song of Thanks at Prairie Grass Cafe September 17

Join Chef Sarah Stegner and the Prairie Grass Cafe team for a celebration and gathering in honor of Green City Market's 20th anniversary and the launch of Green City Market, A Song of Thanks by Sharon Hoogstraten. The event takes place at noon, Tuesday, September 17 at Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook.

Prairie Grass Cafe will be celebrating the book with a luncheon featuring very special guests including: author/photographer Sharon Hoogstraten; Jeanne Nolan, founder & president of The Organic Gardener; Edible Garden Green City Market; Melissa Flynn, executive director of Green City Market, and Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner of Prairie Grass Cafe and founding board member of Green City Market.

Guests will enjoy a special lunch menu, cost $45 per person.

About the book: Green City Market, A Song of Thanks

Green City Market, A Song of Thanks celebrates founder Abby Mandel and the advent of the Know your food-know your farmer movement. Inspired by Alice Waters, but challenged by the shorter midwestern growing season, Abby defied the status quo and introduced seasonal, organic, sustainably farmed food to Chicago. Wooing farmers, chefs, and introducing a new mindset to shoppers, she created a legendary institution that spawned a network of farmers markets across the country. In this 20th anniversary reprise of Chicago's Green City Market, photographer Sharon Hoogstraten has crafted a moving homage to Abby's work and the market. Using a vintage poem by Edward Smyth Jones as a narrative script, essays from Chicago's top chefs, and two hundred pages of beautiful photography, she gives us a visual retrospective and permanent souvenir of a market you either know well-or will wish you did. Abby Mandel, chef, culinary genius, food columnist, was the creator of the Green City Market, an organic, sustainable and certified farmers' market. Alice Waters called it "the best sustainable market in the country, "Edward Smyth Jones, son of a Mississippi sharecropper, who longed to study at Harvard produced an extraordinary volume of poetry including A Song of Thanks. Published in 1911, this poem challenged the photographer and illuminates the market produce and seasons. An award-winning photographer, Sharon Hoogstraten has been documenting the Green City Market since 2008.

Sharon will be selling her book and signing it at the Prairie Grass Cafe event. The book costs $40 and may also be purchased on Amazon beginning in October.


(Family Style)

Late summer Salad

Cider Vinaigrette

Spicy Italian Sausage

Greens, Roasted Garlic Toast

Creamy Polenta

Grilled Vegetables

Honey Ice Cream

Warm Fruit Compote

Iced Tea, Coffee, Hot Tea

$45 per person (tax and tip included)


Call (847)205-4433 or online at Prairie Grass Cafe

About Sharon Hoogstraten

A photographer, visual storyteller, graphic designer, and former film animator, Sharon Hoogstraten is best known for her portraits of Potawatomi Indians in regalia and for her Emmy award-winning animated openings for television news programs. She has served as a judge for the Chicago Book Clinic, produced award-winning children's animated short films, as well as principal photography for educational programs and trade books.

Currently, Sharon is concentrating on subjects of particular storytelling interest to her. In addition to her photo essay on the Green City Market, she has campaigned for the preservation of Chicago's Boulevards through photography and is currently at work on her book initiatives, Window on the Square and Dancing for my Tribe.

In addition to her work being widely exhibited, it has been the welcome of new acquaintances and communities that has brought Sharon her most fulfilling rewards.

About Prairie Grass Cafe

Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433), co-owned by chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. To make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit Follow Prairie Grass on Twitter at, on Instagram at, on Facebook at
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