Did We Starve? A Weekend Without a Market

August 26, 2008 at 7:46 am

Rob Gardner

This local family did something it rarely (if ever) does.  It went a whole weekend without visiting a single farmer’s market.  We skipped the fresh donuts at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market.  Would have loved to get some Blue Marble Dairy at Green City, but did not.  We have combined many a Sunday morning this year with brunch at Lula’s then the Logan Square market; not this Sunday.  How many times did we follow that with a visit to the Wicker Park market.  Not this time.  Could we possibly make it through the week?  Would we starve?

As you know from here, we are not for lack of food.  Nor does a lack of market visits limit our local food intake.   We still get our weekly CSA box on Thursday:

  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Muskmelon
  • Green peppers (4)
  • Collard greens
  • Beefsteak tomatoes
  • Sweet corn (6 ears)
  • Potatoes

The corn has already gone in the freezer.

Granted, we have been busy with a bushel of tomatoes, but truth be told, we did visit a market before the weekend began.  Our friend Jim the Vinegar Guy launched a market this summer at the Hines VA Hospital in Maywood on Thursdays.   Not a big market but it has fruit from our favorite Michigan fruiter, Hardin Farms.  We did not go too crazy there, only [ed. only?] buying a 1/2 bushel of peaches and a few pints of blueberries.  Many of the peaches went to a-spicing.  More have been peeled and frozen for later pie-cobbler use.  I think this local family will do OK for the time being.


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