Schedule Your Winter Markets Now – UPDATED!
Each week we post the Local Calendar to highlight seasonal produce and draw you to various eat local events. In addition, we may or may not list farmer’s markets in the Local Calendar. From about the start of June until the end of October, we make no effort to list markets because the 100 or so markets around the Chicago area each week would clog up our calendar space. Instead, we point you to our Market Locator to find a market near you. Then, as the markets trickle to a few each week, we list them all in the weekly calendar. You will be able to see where to find local food all year long. Still, we want to get you psyched for the winter market season, and also let you mark your own calendars so you won’t miss a key market. You will find many places to winter market this year in the Chicago area.
The Local Beet is highly gracious to Robin Schirmer of Tomato Mountain Farm for being the best source for winter market data. She made great contributions to making this article as full as possible. If there is, possibly, a winter market we missed, please let us know in the comments, and we will update.
You will have several opportunities for winter markets in 2011-2012:
The Roving Church Winter Farmer’s Markets
Once again Faith in Place organized markets at various churches from November through March. These markets offer an opportunity to purchase all sorts of great local products including cheese, meat and poultry, soap, syrup, honey, wool, raw fibers, vinegars, dried fruits, milled flours, sauces and salsas, preserves, and cider. When possible, there will also be fresh produce. If you have attended one of these winter markets in the past, you will probably recognize the churches where they will be this year. As in years past, they spread these markets around the whole Chicago area. One week they may be in Elgin, another Chicago. The full schedule of Faith in Place markets, to date, is listed below.
Another church market takes place at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Ukrainian Village on November 19 & 20. The Ukrainian Village Winter Market and Artisan Fair features some fall harvest and gourmet foods such as Black Dog Gelato as well as Ukrainian embroidered gifts for the holidays. Proceeds go to support St. Nicholas school’s green initiatives.
Green City Market
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago
Green City Market will hold its market nearly ever week this year (and next year). You will find all your favorite vendors selling their very last local beets, their remaining rutabagas, and their endless supplies of potatoes and apples. Expect sprouts, winter greens, dried black beans, and butter and eggs to round out your winter diet.
More Chicago Markets
A few City of Chicago markets keep a-runnin’ past October including the 61st Street/Experimental Station, which goes through December and the Lincoln Square Market, which stops in November. The Glenwood Market meets three times before the end of the year. Last year, we picked up many bargains at the last Lincoln Square market in November.
The Logan Square Farmer’s Market does not slow down for winter. It just moves indoors to the Congress Theater (2135 N Milwaukee Ave) every Sunday, 10-2 except Christmas and Thanksgivings weekends. Our friend Randy Brockway, of Brockway Farm reports to us that he should have plenty of farm fresh produce through December including rocket, baby spinach and cauliflower; his massive crop of juliet tomatoes is going strong.
The will be an Andersonville Winter Farmers Market at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W Foster Ave, on the third Sundays of the month, 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM from November through April.
Another way to find local food in Chicago, all winter, is at the Dose Market at the River East Arts Center. With a ton of our favorite local food artisans, this market will keep you eating well. It meets the first week of November and December.
See our big list below for various one time winter markets in Chicago.
11 N 5th St, Geneva
The long running Geneva Community Winter Market will again hold court in the Inglenook Pantry on Saturdays, all winter. Expect a mix of storage crops, indoor crops and cutesy crops at this stalwart of the eat local movement.
The Evanston Farmer’s Market, one of our favorites, meets for one last, get all you can, rush on November 5, but Evanstonians will not be deprived of local food after that. This year, there is a new Oak Street Market/Farmers & Artisan Food Market for your winter shopping needs. The market will be held at 1615 Oak St on Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM; Sundays from 9 AM to 2 PM and Wednesdays from 2 PM to 7 PM. This market begins on November 12, and it is schedule to run through mid-February. The market may be extended.
NEW/UPDATE: It was on, it was off, and now it’s back on again. There will be a winter market in Evanston. The Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets announced in November, a new indoor Farmer & Artisan Food Market. The market will be located in the city’s Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. The market will run on Saturdays, starting Dec. 3 and going through through April of 2012. The market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
See our big list below for one time winter markets in Evanston.
Other Suburban Winter Markets
The market in Grayslake that starts early also runs late, running Saturdays in downtown Grayslake through December 17. A pretty complete market will run again in Woodstock on several Saturdays on November and December. And once again, the Chicago Botanic Garden will tempt you away from the cold with an indoor market on two weeks in November and two weeks in December.
See our big list below for various one time winter markets in different suburbs.
Enjoy your winter shopping!
One-time and moveable winter farmers markets
*Sunday, November 6, 12 to 3
Faith Lutheran Church
3801 Madison Ave, Brookfield
Sunday, November 13, 11 to 3
1025 N Smith St, Palatine
*Sunday, November 13, 12 to 3
Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin
39W830 Highland Ave, Elgin
Saturday, November 19, 7 to 1
616 Lake St, Evanston
Saturday, November 19, 10 to 3
2200 W. Rice, Chicago
Sunday, November 20, 10 to 3
2200 W. Rice, Chicago
Saturday, December 3, 10 to 2
American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St, Morton Grove
*Sunday, December 4, 10 to 2
North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Rd. (Rt. 22), Deerfield
*Sunday, December 11, 11:30 to 3
First Evangelical Free Church
5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago (Andersonville)
*Saturday, December 17, 10 to 2
Church of St. Benedicts
909 Lily Cache Ln, Bolingbrook
*Sunday, January 15, 10 to 2
Countryside Church UU
1025 N Smith St, Palatine
*Saturday, January 21, 9 to 1
Lake Street Church
607 Lake St, Evanston
*Saturday, January 28, 12 to 3
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
205 N Prospect Ave, Park Ridge
*Saturday, February 11, 9 to 1
Unity Temple UU Congregation
875 W Lake St, Oak Park
*Sunday, February 12, time TBD
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Ave, Evanston
*Sunday, February 19, 10 to 1
St. John’s Episcopal Church
3857 N Kostner Ave, Chicago (Old Irving Park)
*Saturday, February 25th, 2012 9am-1pm
Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
9147 S Jeffery Blvd, Chicago (Calumet Heights/Pill Hill)
*Saturday, March 3, 10 to 2
Glenview New Church
74 Park Dr, Glenview
*Sunday, March 4, 8:30 to 1
St. Giles Parish
1025 Columbian Ave, Oak Park
*Sunday, March 11, time TBD
12700 Southwest Hwy, Palos Park
*Saturday, March 24, 9 to 1
Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park
*denotes Winter Farmers Market coordinated by Faith In Place