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March 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

Pay Your Regards to Some Final Winter Markets

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At least with snow on the ground as I write this, I can safely call them winter markets.  This weekend marks the end of the winter run of the Logan Square Farmer’s Market and also the end of the roving Faith in Place Winter Farmer’s Markets.  While we hope we will no longer write snow and farmer’s markets in the same paragraph for a while, we do note that there will be indoor markets in April such as Green City, Glenwood and Woodstock, and soon some outdoor markets will open.  Now is primo season for lettuce.  Make salad.  See below for what ‘s in seaason and where to find it.

What’s in Season

Besides lettuce, hoop’s are producing arugula, spinach, and other early greens. We’ve seen tiny mustard and kale leaves at markets. In addition to this week’s snow, winter lingers in the form of potatoes, apples, onions and the last roots no one else wants–that’s also known as celery root. With some luck, you will find the following products now.

From the Ground

  • Green garlic
  • Watercress
  • Onion tops/shoots
  • Parsnips (overwintered)
  • Carrots (overwintered)
  • Various greens (overwintered)

Indoor Crops

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Sprouts
  • Other greens like mustard and kale

Storage Crops

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

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.


It’s been a great run.  Final indoor market Sunday, March 29 from 10 AM to 3 PM for the Logan Square Farmer’s Market - 2755 N. Milwaukee Av

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You won’t find the Cook Book Addict selling Tomato Mountain jarred goods and produce in Evanston this week because she will be at the Faith in Place Winter Market at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church instead - Saturday March 28 from 9 AM to 1 PM – 405 S. Euclid


Weekly winter market at the Evanston Ecology Center on Saturday, March 28 from 9 AM to 1 PM, without the chance to catch the Condiment Queen selling - 2024 N McCormick Blvd