“Sankofa” is a Ghanian symbol depicted as a bird with its head directed backward to signify the importance of looking back to inform the present and future.
For Deborah Armstrong and Greo, it is a fitting name for their Sankofa pop-up market in Oak Park, which sprouts out of Greentech Farm in Oak Park on the second Sunday of each month. They focus on locally grown produce and homemade health and wellness products.
“We wanted to bring resources to the community,” says Armstrong. “This is a food desert. We wanted to be our own solution to the problem, and to give Black vendors a platform to bring more wellness items to community. They are here helping us be healthy on the inside by exposing our community to alternatives to corner markets and pharmacies.”
The market features locally grown produce like baby kale and cabbage, information on composting, starter plants for home gardens, herbs, bath and body soaps and oils, shea butter, spices and incense. Pop-up goers may also find lobster mac and cheese, tri-tip and greens; grilled chicken or burgers. For neighborhood residents who can’t afford to shop, $10 vouchers are available.
Sankofa Pop-Up Market
Location: 4309 38th St.
Hours: Second Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Other Makers Markets
The Creative Space
Run by sisters Remy and Jennifer Tokunaga, this business puts on sidewalk pop-ups with additional vendors inside, where they hold small classes and workshops like cookie decorating and candle making. Vendors may include Pastry Cat with extraordinary cookies, bread and strawberry marshmallows, and Nothing Fancy Bakery, with elaborately decorated sugar cookies. 1525 U St.
The Big Little Market
Three staffers at Space 07, a hair salon, have created a pop-up market every third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. to showcase local artists and businesses. You will find ceramics, apparel, flowers and plants, candles, skin care, jewelry and home décor by Northern California artists and artisans. 1421 R St.
DOCO Makers Market
The DOCO Makers Market is held on the fourth Saturday in July, August and September with local vendors, crafters and artisans, plus live music, on the outdoor plaza from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 405 K St.