Getting much closer to a year-round farmers market in Chicago

October 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

We haven’t even started eating our Halloween candy (70% cacao dark chocolate and apples) yet, but we can already start thinking about fresh, local food come winter time. This year promises to be the best winter for availability of locally grown food.

The Green City Market will be a more frequent option this winter. After a month-long break in late December and most of January, the market will be on every Saturday through the winter and spring. Contrast that to last year where we had 1 session of the Green City Market in a 51-day stretch.

The longest you will have to go without the Green City Market is from December 22 through January 20. The Saturday routine starts up again on January 21.

Those in and around Andersonville will have a new indoor option with a monthly market at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster (right near Paulina). The Sunday market will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 18, and April 15. Given its proximity, even if there is a blizzard, I’ll be there for this market.

Sundays are also a good time to go to the Logan Square Market. And there are other markets throughout the winter, depending on your neighborhood.

The demand for more Green City Market sessions has been there, and we are very glad to see more opportunities.

As much as this is about good, locally grown food in the dead of winter, these wintertime farmers markets are also a chance to see familiar faces, both selling and buying. An excuse to get out of the house in between blizzards to be social and eat better.

My dream is still for a year-round indoor farmers market, such as St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. Until then, a Green City Market most every week combined with local efforts is closer than we’ve ever been, closer to that dream of easy access to locally grown food 12 months a year, except for a blizzard or two.

NOTE: Here is a link to the Faith in Place winter farmers markets. The first one starts November 6 in Brookfield, IL. They are scattered throughout the Chicagoland area, so look for one near you. Or somewhat near you.



  1. Robin Schirmer says:

    The long-dormant Oak Street Market in Evanston is coming back to life! Beginning Saturday, November 12, the old market at 1615 Oak St will come alive for a Farmers & Artisan Food Market on Saturdays (8 to 2), Sundays (9 to 2), and Wednesdays (2 to 7) through mid-February and possibly beyond. Indoors, plenty of parking, and many of your favorite vendors, plus a few you may not have heard of.

  2. Chad Rubel says:

    Great news. The Oak Street Market in Evanston is very convenient for CTA and Metra trains. Great for when your car is buried or won’t start.

  3. Rebecca Polster says:

    Hi Robin! Do you know who the contact person is i.e. who is coordinating the new Oak Street Winter Market in Evanston? Thanks!

  4. Robin Schirmer says:

    It’s Dennis Clarkson from Crust & Crumb Bakery in Evanston. Email me at for more info…

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