A Second Helping at the Green City Market
My first visit of the season to one of my favorite farmer’s market was a chilly ‘Chicago gray’ kind of day.
This past Saturday we visited the Green City Market with the kids and some friends. As soon as we got close to the market I could smell some of the delicious fresh food being cooked. It was lunchtime and I was starving. Now I just had to pick something to nosh on.
I saw the River Valley Market Grill booth had a line-up about a dozen people deep. I figured those people all knew something that I didn’t so I decided to follow the line. With deliciousness like grilled mushroom burgers, fresh asparagus and vegan gluten-free tamales, I was sold.
I got an order of tamales and an an order of fresh grilled asparagus. I inhaled the asparagus. It was so fresh, right off the grill and topped with a sauce of onions and mushrooms, it was heaven. The tamales were insanely delicious as well.
As we were leaving the market I went back for more. As I was in line they yelled out that their last order of tamales was up for grabs. I was like a fourth grader waving my hand in the air and yelling ‘MINE!’ I happily stuffed my face with another order of tamales.
Some other things I picked up:
Tomato mountain salsa. After sampling half a dozen varieties, I couldn’t pick just one, so I picked three; garden tomato, habanero and roasted tomatillo.
I also picked up a few portobello mushrooms, which that evening I marinated in red wine, balsamic vinegar and steak spice and turned into juicy portobello burgers, and topped with grilled onions, grilled avocado and roasted red peppers while I snacked on Tomato Mountain roasted tomatillo salsa and organic corn chips.
I’m looking for your recommendations, what did you munch on at the farmer’s market this weekend?
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