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

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April 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

It’s Sorrel Season

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You may hear that locally, all there is is baby greens from some greenhouses. We know there is much more to the bounty of April. First of all, we’ve already had reports of local ramps. Second, we know beyond the ramps this is the season for some other interesting items. Have you tried sorrel?

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Sorrel may be the most sour thing that grows locally. Biting into a sorrel leaf is not too dissimilar that biting into a lemon, except for the weird thing of not biting into a lemon and biting into a leaf not a citrus fruit. Our market scouts tell us that there is both full grown and micro-sorrel in the markets. Sorrel is often used for sauces and soups as it near disintegrates about a minute after you put it in a pan, actually more like turns into a gray blob. So often cooks want its essence more than anything. Like I say it’s the epitome of Spring, bright and sharp and sassy. Don’t miss this in-season delicacy for the asparagus not local.

end of season

There’s still plenty of old to pick through at markets too, and we never get bored. Last week, we bought red potatoes, as in red on the inside, for the first time this potato season.

Visit any of these stores that focus on local food, you should find something, maybe some spinach or other green.  See below for what’s in season and where to find it.  Choose to eat local.

What’s In Season Now

From the Ground

  • Green garlic
  • Watercress
  • Parsnips (over wintered)
  • Carrots (over wintered)
  • Various greens (over wintered)
  • Ramps

Indoor Crops

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Sprouts
  • Sorrel
  • Mustard greens
  • Kale
  • Herb

Storage Crops

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Squash
  • Cabbage
  • 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.

Chicago

Do you know that Green City Market matches LINK card purchases up to $15?  Just another reason we love this market, for the last time (for a while) indoors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center Saturday April 18 from 7 AM to 1 PM – 2430 N. Cannon

The Pilsen Community Market is also having their last indoor market this season on Sunday April 19 from 11 AM to 330 PM – 1213 W. 18th

The last Portage Park Indoor Farmer’s Market of the season on Sunday April 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM - 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave

Don’t let the arts and crafts fool you, the Hyde Park Artisan Bazaar and Farmer’s Market is plenty farmer’s market.  Expect some good Spring haul from Growing Power this Sunday April 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM – 5311 S. Lake Park

Evanston

Weekly winter market at the Evanston Ecology Center still a-goin’ on Saturday, April 18 from 9 AM to 1 PM, with a chance to catch the Condiment Queen selling - 2024 N McCormick Blvd

Geneva

Community Winter Market on  Saturday, April 18 from 9 AM to 1 PM - 327 Hamilton

Grayslake

About the earliest market to go outdoor each year in the Chicago area, the Grayslake Farmer’s Market is Saturday April 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM – Downtown Grayslake on Center Street

 Not satisfied with what’s around here.  The Madison Farmer’s Market goes outdoors on April 18, and that mass of people will really put to rest any idea that there’s nothing in season now.  We follow the Decatur Farmer’s Market on twitter and have always wanted to go.  Seems like a good one to visit.

  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

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