UPDATED! What’s In Season Is Newer, Where to Find It May Not Be in Chicago – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

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April 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm

UPDATED! – Do you know who lists farmer’s markets this time of year? Us. Anyone else? No, really anyone else. Any source? We’d love to crib. See, it’s hard this time of year. We know of markets because sometimes family members work there. We know of markets because they tell us, or we track ‘em down, often through social media. A day after making this list, we saw Kankakee Farmer’s Market on Facebook. Now, we have another place for you to find local food this week. Please tell us what else is out there, so we can share.

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Not a lot in the way of farmer’s markets this week–in Chicago at least, but it does not mean you cannot eat local.  Just look at some of the stuff our friends at Vera have on their menu now: wild Illinois ramps. spring onion, sorrel and green garlic from Green Acres in Indiana; beans from Three Sisters.  They also source their meat from area farms like Twin Oaks and TJ’s, eggs from Kinnikinnick, and butter from Nordic Creamery.  What are you doing?  See below for all you need.

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Are you over ramps?  Friend of Beet, Kelly Hewitt, noted on her social media accounts that she espied asparagus last week at Green City Market.  Is it time to forgo the old for what’s newly in season?

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Those things may be here, but we never tire of onions, potatoes; hell, we still dig the fall carrots our friends (and sponsor) Tomato Mountain, has been bringing to markets.

Is this the week you start eating more local?  See below for what you should (could?) find about now, and shop these stores or the markets listed.

What’s In Season Now

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From the Ground

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

Indoor Crops/Hoop-House

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Sprouts
  • Sorrel
  • Mustard and similar greens
  • Kale
  • Herbs
  • Radishes

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.

Northbrook

Many of the vendors of the Northbrook Farmer’s Market are getting a little spring-training with at Temple Beth El on Sunday April 26 from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Pastured raised meats, local, sustainably harvested fish, organic veggie burgers and more – 3610 Dundee

Frankfort

We’ve had many good trips to this edge of suburban market over the years.  Lots of vendors including our good friend Jimmy Harden.  Sunday April 26 from 10 AM to 2 PM – Downtown Frankfort (Kansas and Oak Streets)

Evanston

The FINAL Weekly winter market at the Evanston Ecology Center.  Big kudos to these guys for doing it every week since January.  Go and say thanks.  Show your support to the vendors who are bringing you local food year-round, including the Condiment Queen who will probably have spinach at carrots.   Saturday, April 25 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 25 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 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM – Downtown Grayslake on Center Street

 Naperville

We love all farmer’s markets, even the “French” ones.  Can’t say we did not warn you, but we also think you may find a thing or two of interest at the Naperville French Market.  Saturday April 25 from 8AM to 2PM – Main Street & Liberty Drive

Kankakee – NEW!

We’ve never been to this market, but the list of vendors is long on their Facebook page.  Downtown Kankakee also features a classic small town courthouse.  Worth checking out on Saturday April 25 from 8 AM to Noon – Corner of Schuyler Ave. and Merchant

Not satisfied with what’s around here.  The Madison Farmer’s Market is going strong on April 25.   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

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

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One Comment

  1. David Levinson says:

    Nice blog, by the way! For Passover s few weeks ago I braised some Daikon radishes from our last fall CSA shipment. They also made a fine grated salad. Daikon really keeps!

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