CHICAGO, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Green City Market, Chicago's premier not-for-profit farmers market connecting local farmers with the Chicago community, announced their selection of Chicago based Ripson Communications as their public relations and marketing agency of record. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to be working with Ripson Communications," said Melissa Flynn, Executive Director of Green City Market. "We believe our educational offerings, chef demonstrations and farmers market awareness will meet the needs of a variety of additional Chicagoans this year. We are confident that Ripson Communication's seasoned team can help us tell our story and enhance our image locally and nationally."
Founded by chef and author Abby Mandel who returned to Chicago after visiting European sustainable farmer's markets determined to create a similar market in her own city in 1998. Green City Market was her brainchild and began as a small startup with nine local farmers in the alley next to the Chicago Theatre. The Market quickly outgrew the location and moved to the south end of Lincoln Park where it currently operates May – October. In 2008, the Green City Market became year-round, remaining open November-April, first in the Lincoln Park Zoo and now in The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In 2014, a West Loop location was added.
Green City Market's selection, Ripson Communications, is led by Chicago media team of president Lisa Ripson and executive vice president Chris Comes. The president is an Emmy-award winning producer who perfected the art of storytelling at NBC 5 Chicago for over ten years and regularly can be seen advising clients in newsrooms across the city of Chicago on a weekly basis. Ripson also worked at global agency powerhouse Edelman overseeing USAA, Banco Popular and Whirlpool.
"We appreciate the support of Green City Market's board of directors and staff in selecting Ripson Communications," said Ripson. "Their story is one that can be told to new audiences both online and in print. We look forward to helping them in a variety of strategic ways to grow as an organization."
Today, the firm serves a variety of clients in the real estate, grocery, restaurant, medical and not-for-profit arena. Most recently, the firm coordinated the communications efforts for the opening day announcement at The Park at Wrigley for Green City Market with HSC and the Chicago Cubs organization.
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