What’s In Season Now Looks Like Christmas
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 mustard, dandelion greens, fiddle-head ferns, sorrel, and morel mushrooms.
We Can Still Enjoy Last Year
We think you may still see some nice stored crops including carrots, potatoes, radishes, and onions.
A nice surprise, we’re seeing more dried beans in the market than in prior years.
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS
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
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.