What’s In Season Now Looks Like Christmas

May 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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One of our Local Beet truisms is that at various times of year, farmer’s markets are all one color.  Spring is generally, mostly green, late summer is ripe red from tomatoes and pepper and fall tends towards browns.  This time of year, we’re lucky that two colors dominant.  It looks a little like the holidays with the reds of rhubarb and the greens of asparagus.

What’s In Season Now

The Green and Their Cohorts

Asparagus is now fully abundant and may also be purple!  Find an array of leafy greens like spinach,  bok choy (and other Asian greens), collard and mustard greens.  Want more, there may also be turnips, kohlrabi and beets with very usable green tops. Make salads with much of what’s around now like radishes (also usable greens!), arugula, and lettuces.

Also very much green this time of year, onions and garlic.

Wild at Heart

Ramps are around as are nettles, various cresses, garlic mustarddandelion greensfiddle-head fernssorrel, and morel mushrooms.

We Can Still Enjoy Last Year

We think you may still see some nice stored crops including carrotspotatoes, radishes, and onions.

A nice surprise, we’re seeing more dried beans in the market than in prior years.



Ramp Pesto Toasts

Ramp Pesto Toasts



Your ability to purchase what’s in season is finally expanding.  Jeannie, in the Local Calendar is keeping you ascribed on key markets, and we’ll have our fuller 2013 Market Locator up soon.  There’s still plenty of time to find a CSA box too.  See our big list to find a CSA for you.  Our friends at Fresh Picks have a good and growing inventory of local food, or you can try one of these stores that specialize in local foods:

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Watch this fantastic video about GMOs, sourcing local and see what you are missing if you don’t shop at the GG.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago

Sharpening By Dave  - Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off each knife sharpened.