Our Biggest, Bestest Listing of 2010-2011 Winter Markets (So Far)

November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Here at the Local Beet, we are not prideful over our knowledge of local food happenings.  We strive to get you the best, most complete information to live the eat local life, but when we see we can do better, we strive to do that too.  No sooner had we put up a listing of winter markets last week, did it seem that we were finding out about other winter markets, winter markets not listed on our site.  So, we are working hard to get you the biggest, bested listing of 2010-2011 winter markets for the Chicago area.  We have listed the markets we know below, in alphabetical order by location.  We also plan, shortly, on re-instituting our Local Calendar, which will provide a more chronological orientated listing of winter markets, as well as listings of other great eat local events.  Finally, we will work hard to update our list of “roadtrippable” area markets.  If you know of a Chicago area winter market not listed below, please let us know.

Except as noted, all the of the markets below convene through November and beyond.  There are several one off markets too, such as the annual pre-Thanksgiving market at Evanston’s Immanuel Church.  Also, there are several one off markets scheduled for 2011 that we will add later in the year.

Chicago/Beverly – Olivia’s Garden – Saturdays

Find Tomato Mountain, Mint Creek, C & D Pastured Pork, vegetables and honey from the Pullman community garden and other goods at this Beverly garden center  10730 S. Western, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM through December (and possibly longer).

Chicago/Lincoln Park - Green City Market – Wednesday’s and Saturdays

At the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM – 1 PM through December 22.  Details here.

Chicago/Glenwood (Rogers Park) – Sundays

This well received, new market goes indoors with sausages, apples, and more including organic produce. The market  will continue to accept Master Card and Visa and is extending our Market for All matching fund program for Link/SNAP guests.  The Glenwood Sunday Market is located at the intersection of Glenwood & Morse Avenue (1400W-6900N) in Rogers Park, conveniently located at the Morse “L” stop. 9am -2pm all winter.

Chicago/Logan Square – Logan Square Farmer’s Market – Sundays

All sorts of things on for Sunday including Otter Creek cheddars, Mint Creek lamb, and Tempel Farms eggs – Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 AM – 2 PM through March 2011

Chicago/Ukrainian Village – St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral – Saturday/Sunday November 20-21 ONLY

We have no additional details on this farmer’s market and artisan fair.

Chicago/Woodlawn – 61st Street Farmer’s Market  – Saturdays

At Experimental Station – Variety of breads, meats and produce from our friends at Genesis Growers and others. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., 9 AM – 2 PM through December

Chicago/Ravenswood – Winter Market – Saturday December 12 ONLY 

Winter market associated with Faith in Place at the First Free Evangelical Church – 12 PM – 3 PM

Deerfield – Saturday December 5 ONLY

Winter market associated with Faith in Place at the North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield – 10 AM – 2 PM

Evanston – Immanuel Luthern Church – Saturday November 20 Only

Annual pre-Thanksgiving un-official extension of the Evanston Farmer’s Market.  This indoor/outdoor event features full spreads from Nichols, probably Henry’s Farm, and many other vendors from the Evanston summer market

Geneva – Geneva Community Winter Market – Saturdays

Community Winter Market.  The market meets on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  They say the tables include squash, lettuces, broccoli, kale, chard, onions, potatoes, leeks and cabbage as well as meat vendors with humanely raised chicken, pork and beef, and both chicken and duck eggs.  Curds & Whey Cheese Company has it’s stand in the building, featuring local and imported artisan cheeses.  The market is in the Inglenook Pantry building at 11 N 5th Ave in Geneva.  This market will run through all winter; check the website for current information on hours and availability.

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden – First and Third Sundays

The Botanic Garden affiliated Windy City Harvest is one of the best indoor growers in the Chicago area, and they will be stocking this market.  On the down side, parking costs a fortune.  10 AM – 2 PM through December.

Grayslake – Saturdays

Meeting outdoors, the Grayslake market continues with meat, vegetables, cheese and other goodies – Downtown Grayslake in Centennial Park – 10 AM – 2 PM through Christmas

Wheeling – Wheeling Farm Stand Market – The Last Tuesday in January through May 2011

Winter market will be at the Olde Church at Chamber Park.  This is a totally new happening for us and we have a bit of time to learn more.  We will update when we know more. 


We learned of this market when we went out to McHenry to give a talk.  At the Extension Office/Farm Bureau office in Woodstock (1102 McConnell Road), this market promises pastured meats, winter produce and other fun stuff  9 AM – 12 PM through December.



  1. Robin Schirmer says:

    Correction! The North Shore Unitarian Church market in Deerfield is on Sunday 10-2 (not Saturday). The date, Dec. 5, is correct. Thanks for the great list!

  2. Julie Witte says:

    At the Sunday Logan Market, Otter Creek Organic Farm also has grass fed beef and pasture raised organic pork and chicken. It’s a great market!

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