Far North Side/Evanston Winter Markets: March Update
Spring has returned to Chicagoland, but the area winter farmers & artisans markets continue. Here is the March update for the far north side of Chicago and Evanston:
Evanston Winter Market: Evanston’s newest market continues its successful initial run by welcoming a visit by downtown summer market favorite Henry’s Farm. They are taking advantage of the mild winter, and will be bringing overwintered scallions, Asian chives, burdock root, sunchokes, and carrots. Take advantage of this visit, as this is a special appearance; their produce will be located outside main building of the Ecology Center, on the porch.
Continue the winter veg (and fruit) theme with a visit to Nichols Farm & Orchard’s tables, where six varieties of potatoes, ten varieties of apples, and four radishes (including giant Daikon) will be available, as well as shallots, garlic, and Egyptian onions. Augment with the good beef, poultry, and lamb available from C&D Family Farms, and dinner is a done deal.
Evanston Winter Farmers & Artisans Market
Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd
Saturdays, 9AM to 1PM through 4/28/2012
Free parking available in the lot across Bridge St.
Glenwood Sunday Market: This market is in an interesting venue: a Rogers Park bar, which is actually open during the later hours of the market. The rakish location adds to the eclectic charm of this market, which features naturally raised meats from Nature’s Pasture and Mint Creek Farm, organically raised vegetables and eggs from King’s Hill, whole grains/flour, apples, cider, and apple butter from Earth First Farms, and locally-blended artisanal teas and tisanes from SenTEAmental Moods. A unique local product is offered by Phoenix Bean tofu, which sells a variety of traditional tofu and soybean products, all of which are made in the nearby Edgewater neighborhood.
A feature of the winter market is the opportunity to sign up for a variety of CSA (community-supported agriculture) plans directly from the farms involved. Perks can include such things as the 50% off additional in-season market stand purchases (available through Montalbano Farms), and work-share programs, to offset the cost of a CSA plan by actually working at the farm (offered by Midnight Sun Organic Farm). Take advantage of the opportunity to support local agriculture in a very direct way, and sign up at the next market, which will be held on Sunday, April 1st.
Glenwood Sunday Market
The Glenwood Bar
6962 Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
(Just north of the Morse & Glenwood intersection)
4/1, 5/6, and 5/20, 9AM to 2PM