The Signs (and Animals) of the 61st Farmer’s Market
I Love Farmer’s Markets
Over the last few weeks as I desperately tried to fill in enough information to launch this year’s Local Beet Market Locator, I was reminded of how many farmer’s markets I’ve yet to visit. From the interesting things happening in Grand Rapids, to the early opening Grayslake market, to so many others, I need to get around more. One market I’ve heard good things about for years is the market run by Experimental Station at 61st Street. This market addresses important food deserts on Chicago’s south side, but it also ably serves the Hyde Park community.
When I found out my wife would be covering this market for Tomato Mountain, I found a way to ride-along. Besides all her jars, my wife had a rainbow of produce: green–Red Russian kale, tropicana lettuce, and Tokyo bekana; orange–carrots and magenta, white, green, yellow, etc.–Swiss chard.
It features a very good mix of fruits, vegetables, prepared products, pastured meat, and volunteer enthusiasm. Seasonal asparagus and rhubarb were well stocked this week. IN addition, as you can see from the picture above, the market had a little jump start on the season as Growing Power has some very early tomatoes grown inside.
After helping her move some boxes I took off to eat pastries,
and record the signs of a successful market. Along the way, I found my other favorite thing to photograph, some animals. Here’s what I found on Saturday that was both hot and cold, drizzly at times and at other times so windy the market tents all nearly took off.
Axel of Penny’s Pastries now also making crepes
Kim had meat including her excellent bacon
Michigan fruit and vegetables
Claire of Mike and Claire’s Farm had mostly seedlings but oregano and a few other things
More Michigan fruit and a lot of people’s favorite asparagus
Lucky Duck is a new Illinois farm, raising animals and growing Asian vegetables
It’s not a market without River Valley
Vegan treats from B’Gabs Goodies
Go see for yourself the signs and animals. The market meets every Saturday from now through mid-December, from 9AM-2PM. During the outdoor season, which lasts through the end of October, the Market is located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues.