Local Markets, Local Calender
Yesterday, we asked but did not yet answer the question, “Why Can’t We Have Public Markets Like Cleveland.” Well, at least we linked to the Reader’s smart guy, Cecil Adams, who tackled the question. So, maybe this weekend, you want to see what some of fuss is about public markets. We link below to several area public markets for possible weekend road-tripping. Before covering that, however, we provide our weekly update on local buying opportunities and other things we think are good ideas(tm).
On Saturday, the Winter Market convenes nearby in Oak Park. On Sunday, the market convenes very far away in DeKalb. As in every Saturday, out west, there’s also Geneva and Heritage Prairie. As in every day, there’s Green Grocer Chicago and almost every day, Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand. Another store with a strong local food focus is Oak Park’s Marion St. Cheese. Come on Tuesday to meet local cheesemaker (and fruit seller) Leslie Cooperbrand. Where else are you finding local foods?
Two times coming up to have soup and benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Sunday Custom House is holding a soup-off. People pay $15 for all-you-can eat sample-size bowls of soups created by several top area chefs. Wednesday, it’s back to the Hideout. More info at Martha’s soup blog.
So, not a huge amount going on. Hit the road to see what some of the public market fuss is about.
The Indianapolis City Market is an example of an old-time fixture spruced up for modern conditions. The Soulard Market in St. Louis never went away nor did Cincinnati’s Findlay Market. Milwaukee is trying to create a 21st century version. Minneapolis, likewise has something new and market-ish.
Thinks these places can teach Chicago a trick or two?