What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

February 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Eight Markets for Your Eat Local Needs


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Who eats local in February?  You do.  Your sponsors at Vera do–go listen to Chef Mendez kvell over his 1871 milk.  We’ve updated our list of winter markets for Valentine’s weekend.  You’ll find plenty of places.  A little work (get up early?), and there’s no reason you cannot fill your larder with more local food this weekend.  And don’t forget, local food is not just the “fresh” stuff.

What’s In Season Now

We believe you should be able to find the following local items by shopping at winter markets (see below) or at these places.   In addition, look for local food where ever you shop.  For instance, you may find FarmedHere items at your local supermarket.  Likewise, there are still Michigan apples to be had.

Indoor Crops

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Sprouts

Storage Crops

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Celery root
  • Turnips
  • Radishes

Year round

  • Meats, poultry, lake fish
  • Eggs
  • Milk, cheese and other dairy
  • Mushrooms
  • Grains and breads
  • Preserved and jarred products

Where to Find Local Food

In addition to the following markets, there are several stores in the Chicago area that focus on selling local foods.

Oak Park

Our friends Dennis and Emily Wettstein bring organic meat and eggs to the Buzz Cafe on Saturday February 14 from 12 PM to 23o PM – 905 S. Lombard


All sorts of food including sausages and tofu plus all you can Nosh await Sunday, February 15 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market - 2755 N. Milwaukee Av

Good friends of the Beet continue with their 61st Winter Farmer’s Market at Experimental Station.  Saturday February 14 from 9 AM to 2 PM - 6100 S. Blackstone

Faith in Place Winter Market at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park on Saturday, February 14 from 9 AM to 1 PM.  - 5500 S. Woodlawn

A great little market happens in Pilsen on Sunday February 15 from 11 AM to 330 PM – 1213W. 18th (Honky Tonk BBQ)

Did you know that the Andersonville Farmer’s Market meets in the winter?  Their next market is Sunday February 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM – 5211 N. Clark (Swedish Museum)


Weekly winter market at the Evanston Ecology Center on Saturday, February 14 from 9 AM to 1 PM, with a chance to catch the Condiment Queen selling - 2024 N McCormick Blvd


Community Winter Market on  Saturday, February 14  from 9 AM to 1 PM - 327 Hamilton


If you know of any other farmer’s markets in the Chicago area, please let us know.

What's In Season and Where to Find It - Sponsored by Vera 1023 W. Lake, Chicago

What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera 1023 W. Lake, Chicago