Lincoln Square Farmers Market, 11/1/2011
Having farmers market withdrawal symptoms? Don’t despair – the venerable Lincoln Square market has extended its run again this year. This year’s market’s final day will not be until Tuesday, November 22 (!) – just in time for Thanksgiving. Take advantage of it – and the continuing bounty, courtesy of our ongoing unseasonably pleasant weather – while it lasts.
Most of the regular summer vendors are still on hand (though sadly, the fine flower selection from Bade Farms is not, field-grown flowers always being fall’s earliest casualty). The November 1st market featured a robust line-up of 10 farmers and vendors: two bakers (Breadman Bakery and LTHForum.com “Great Neighborhood Restaurant” Delightful Pastries), a butcher (C&D Family Farms – pick up some bacon!), a grower of mushrooms (River Valley Ranch), two top-quality fruit sellers (Seedlings and Mick Klug Farms, both of which also sell apple cider), and several other farmers selling a rich variety of vegetables. Nearly every seller still had a good amount of field-grown tomatoes in several varieties, as well as Bell peppers, sweet Italian peppers, and hot chiles. More typical November produce was equally abundant – beets, potatoes, winter squash (including sweet dumplings, butternuts, and sugar pumpkins), and greens. Natural seasonal decorations also abounded; small hay bales, field pumpkins in all sizes, shapes, and colors, gourds, and chrysanthemums. Given the close proximity of the market to several wonderful specialty food and beverage stores, such as Provenance Food & Wine, Gene’s Sausage Shop/Delicatessen, and Lincoln Quality Meat Market, virtually every possible need, want, and desire for the Thanksgiving table can be found within one city block. Both the market and the neighborhood are tremendous resources for Chicago food lovers.
Vendors may change as the holidays draw closer; visit the market and be surprised!
Lincoln Square Farmers Market
Open for business through November 22, 2011
Located at 4700 N. Lincoln Avenue at Leland, in the Western Ave. Brown Line parking lot
(This market accepts the Link Card)