Farmer’s Markets Are What’s In Season
For the first time in our eat local memories, farmer’s markets ran all winter in the Chicago area. Both Green City Market and Evanston pretty much never quit marketing, and our friends at Faith in Place put out their regular string of roving winter locavore bazaars. And there were plenty of other options too. Beet Reporter Jeannie Boutelle did an outstanding job tracking them down all season. This is the time, however, when we cannot list all the area markets in one weekly calendar. This is the time when farmer’s markets are in season.
We love farmer’s markets. We love tracking the seasons, watching the colors change from early green, to summer’s burst of ripe red to the fall’s waning browns. We love how it pleases the senses. We love the anticipation of meals based on what we see. We love talking to farmers and learning of life away from the city. We love partaking in the full bounty of our local agriculture. We love the artisans who offer us interesting and better foodstuffs. We love farmer’s markets.
To share our love of farmer’s markets, the Local Beet has put together a Market Locator to help you find one. You can search it by city, time of day and day of the week, to find one that fits your need. We have also compiled our biggest list yet of tips for maximizing your market experience. We’re here to help.
In addition to our Market Locator and Shopping Guide, we will be publishing all sorts of materials showing our love and devotion to farmer’s markets. Beet Reporters will be checking in from various markets (and it’s never too late to volunteer for a Beet beat). We’ll have recipes, guides to seasonal produce, and advice on making your seasonal bounty last. We love farmer’s markets.
Do enjoy what’s in season.