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April 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

What’s In Season Now, Market Season


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OK, things are a-goin’ now with Chicago area farmer’s markets.   Oddly enough, most of the area markets started are down south, out west or in McHenry County.   Soon, we won’t be able to list each market weekly, they’ll be too many, but we hope to have a revised 2015 Market List up soon.
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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.  Also, study up on our revised farmer’s market shopping tips before heading out.

What’s In Season Now

Tatsoi Photo: Kitazawa Seed Co.

Photo: Kitazawa Seed Co.

 The earliest markets are not the times to be your pickiest.  We’ve listed below what you may find, but don’t be surprised if you come home this week with a bunch of Asian greens you never knew before.

From the Ground

  • Green garlic
  • Watercress
  • Parsnips (over wintered)
  • Carrots (over wintered)
  • Various greens (over wintered)
  • Ramps
  • Asparagus
  • Spring onions/scallions
  • Nettles
  • Edible ferns
  • Radishes

Indoor Crops/Hoop-House

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

Storage Crops

  • 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.


 Green City Market matches LINK card purchases up to $15?  Just another reason we love this market, and for the first time in 2015, it’s outdoors.  Saturday May 2 from 7 AM to 1 PM –  Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark) 

Maybe with our crazy weather, having an indoor market in May is not such a bad idea.  The Glenwood Sunday Market is still inside on Sunday May 3 from 9 AM to 2 PM – 6962 N. Glenwood


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 May 3 from 10 AM to 2 PM – Downtown Frankfort (Kansas and Oak Streets)


Proudly calling themselves the number one market in Illinois, this nearly year-round enterprise also goes outdoors for the first time in 2015.  LINK Cards and WIC/Senior Benefit Vouchers are accepted at the market.  Saturday May 2 from 8 AM – 1 PM – Historic Woodstock Square

Wilmette French Market

Woops, did not see that this market started last week.  Saturday May 2 8 AM to 1 PM – Village Center

Park Forest

This market accepts EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons.  Saturday May 2 from 7 AM to 1 PM - 271 Lakewood Blvd


Also inside for a few more weeks, the Community Winter Market on  Saturday, April 25 from 9 AM to 1 PM - 327 Hamilton


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


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 May 2 from 8AM to 2PM – Main Street & Liberty Drive


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 May 2 from 8 AM to Noon – Corner of Schuyler Ave. and Merchant

Not satisfied with what’s around here.  The Madison Farmer’s Market is running hard.   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


One Comment

  1. Robert Haugland says:

    Downstate the Peoria Farmers Market at the Metro Centre starts tomorrow, May 1st at 8 a.m..

    Saturday, May 2nd the Galesburg Farmers Market starts the 2015 season. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galesburg-Farmers-Market/103888019819024?sk=timeline

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