More Markets in Season Now – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

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May 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

What’s In Season Now, More

 

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More markets, more products at the more markets.  We’ve already reached our capacities in listing markets and listing what you will find at said markets.  The time to eat local is nigh.  If you’re going to Green City Market, you probably know about it.  See what else is out there this week.  Use our revised farmer’s market shopping tips to get the best of these more markets.  And note, the more there’s in the markets, the more there’s in these stores too.  Get local food where you can.

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Photo Jeannie Boutelle

What’s In Season Now

 

 

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Between the nice weather and the fact that market are actually around and open, the Spring crop is thick.  Gone are the days when early markets consisted of old apples, cultivated mushrooms, and all that indeterminate, clearly not local, product supposedly from “Southern Illinois–yes we won’t name the vendor still often seen at certain markets Francais notorious for this fodder. Just remember our list does not include peppers or sweet corn. On the other hand, we’ve heard of area farmers pulling tomatoes from their hoop houses, so that we can accept!  The list below is not all of what you can find, but some of what you should focus on based on short seasons, or long desire.

From the Ground

  • Green garlic
  • Edible ferns
  • Garlic mustard
  • Ramps
  • Asparagus
  • Spring onions/scallions
  • Nettles
  • Morel mushrooms
  • Radishes
  • Sorel
  • Chives
  • Dill

Indoor Crops/Hoop-House

  • Turnips
  • Tomatoes

Storage Crops

  • Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Celery 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

Great locally raised meats from our friends at C&D just one of the reasons to hit the far southside market in Beverly on Sunday May 10 from 7 AM to 1 PM - 95th Street and Longwood Drive

Already going, support the good work done by Growing Home at their Wood Street Farm on Wednesday May 13 from 11 AM to 4 PM - 5814 S. Wood Street

Morton Grove

Some of you may know, but the Beet has some deep ties to this market.  Do show your support on this special Spring edition, Saturday May 9 from 8 AM to 1 PM – 6210 Dempster

Urbana

Maybe you’re picking up your kid this weekend?  The closest thing in Illinois to the Dane County Farmer’s Market, big square, lots of vendors.  Better, take advantage of the length of our state as you will find products here that will never make it as far north as Chicago.  Saturday May 9 from 7 AM to Noon –  Corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in Downtown Urbana

Glencoe/Chicago Botanic Gardens

Just a couple things we love about this market are Kim Snyder and her delicious Faith’s Farm pork, and the Chicago grown produce from Windy City Harvest, so go shop on Sunday May 10 from 9 AM to 3 Pm – 1000 Lake Cook Road

East Dundee

We’ve been following these guy’s active Facebook page for a while.  First market of the year on Saturday May 9 from 8 AM to 2 PM - 319 N. River St

Evanston

Not Madison big, and not Urbana big, but big-big for a Chicago area market.  Big enough to support a range of organic fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and other eat local products, almost sixty vendors this year!. Always one of our favorites.  Saturday May 9 from 730 AM to 1 PM - Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave)

Park Forest

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

Geneva

Who wants to be inside?  Still, go support these guys for staying open ALL the time.  Community Winter Market on  Saturday, May 9 from 9 AM to 1 PM - 327 Hamilton

Kankakee

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

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