HOW IT ALL STARTED OVER 37 YEARS AGO

Starting 1973, Trudy Temple was creating flower arrangements to raise funds for local ...

...churches and missions in poverty-stricken countries. When she could no longer supply enough flowers from her garden, she began buying them wholesale at Chicago’s famous Randolph Street market.

Trudi discovered the market also sold fresh produce. She formed a food cooperative...

...in her neighborhood, driving to Chicago each week to buy products that she would then offer to friends and neighbors to support her missionary work. In 1975, Trudi’s daughter asked her to bake a cake for a school fundraiser. Trudi brought cases of fresh produce instead, and the idea was a huge hit!

The following week the first "Produce Day was held...

...at Walker School in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. News spread quickly and it wasn’t long before other schools were requesting similar programs. Trudi began supplementing produce with meats, seafood and poultry, and Produce Day became a monthly Market Day program at schools.

Raising millions for eduction

The Market Day concept was born and grew to help serve schools, churches and nonprofits in their fundraising efforts donating over $400 million to public education throughout the United States.

Market Day is back - 2019 / working with today's school needs.

In 2019, the Market Day brand was acquired by Market Day Local, Inc. Starting in September 2019 the Market Day fundraising program and beloved Market Day products will be available for direct home delivery for all Market Day fans.

We are grateful for the vision Trudi inspired and showing us that a woman with a plan, a truck and a lot of hard work can change the world!


Welcome back to Market Day - understanding busy families & PTOs.

I wanted to personally welcome you back to Market Day and share how we are making it easier for busy families to feed their families delicious and nutritious foods and raise money for their school in one easy step!

We will be stocking the shelves over the next school year with a selection of the original, high-quality delicious foods that Market Day was built on and we are getting it all started with one of your all-time favorites - ChicNSteakes®!

One Awesome Change…. we are making it easier for schools and organizations to raise funds by offering direct delivery of all orders to homes and business locations.

All orders are shipped via FedEx and UPS and packed in a reusable cooler with dry ice to ensure your order remains frozen throughout the shipping process and arrival at your front door.

Before becoming CEO of Market Day, I was first introduced to Market Day as one of the original vendors. Our Chicago based family sausage company- Krueger Sausage supplied Market Day with handcrafted Bavarian Bratwurst, Italian Sausage and Chicken-Italian Sausage. As a busy Mom, I was a passionate Market Day customer and couldn’t live without my ChicNSteakes and Chocolate-Chip Pudding Cakes! Today, beyond becoming the CEO of Market Day, I am a Mom and a Grandmother to Oliver (that’s the little cutie in the picture).

At Market Day, we are committed to maintaining the integrity, quality, and convenience of the foods we provide to our Market Day families.   Over the upcoming school year (2019/20) we invite you to follow our Facebook page and visit our website as we add more delicious and easy to make food to our offerings.