Thursday, August 14, 2008

Green City Market Founder Abby Mandel Passed Away Yesterday

The much beloved founder of Green City Market, Abby Mandel, passed away yesterday (August 13). She courageously struggled through difficult times this past year, but always with her eye upon her Market and its future. Abby embodied the market's vision, hopes and -- for many years--its very existence. She dragged herself out in the black of early morning to assure that everything was right, every Market day. From the alley to the Park, she would skitter from stand-to-stand, pears to peaches to crepes to corn, inspecting, marveling and then luring the consumer into an understanding of this Market's mission. She succeeded beyond even her own wildest dreams. And she gifted us with that dream. It is not surprising that Abby's last day was a "Market day." She was secure in the knowledge that we are now 10 years old and growing. We miss her already.

Her family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Abby's legacy-- Green City Market (2732 N Clark St, Suite 301, Chicago IL 60614. Phone number 773-880-1266)

A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, August 15) at 1 p.m. at the North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe.

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