Is Your Market in Season This Week and What You May Find – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

May 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

What’s in Season Now, Maybe Not Your Hometown Farmer’s Markets

Vera-LOGO-Fpattern (1) (1) If your hometown market did not open last week, maybe it did this week.  To be honest, we’re jumping the gun a bit, declaring it market season.  We know that so many communities do not have markets yet.  A good chunk of Chicago markets have not started, and most suburban markets do not come online until June.  Still, we believe you don’t always need your hometown market.  Try a new market.  Meet some new farmers.  See what else is out there.  We’ve highlighted below some markets that are starting and some that have been around for a while already.  This week you have options besides your hometown market. We always believe our revised farmer’s market shopping tips come in handy for market shopping, but we believe they are even more useful when you step outside your hometown market to try new things.  Remember also that until your hometown market has not begun,  there’s always these stores.  Our sponsors, Irv and Shelly, can get you much local food all year.  For additional markets and other things to do in the week’s ahead, do check out Jeannie’s Local Calendar.

Rhubarb  Photo: Purdue University

Photo: Purdue University

What’s In Season Now

Tatsoi Photo: Kitazawa Seed Co.

Photo: Kitazawa Seed Co.

We’d love to tell you that all sorts of fun stuff is in season now, but we also know that markets this time of year tend to be dominated by vegetables masquerading as fruits and greens you may have never tried.

From the Ground

  • Green garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuces
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions/scallions
  • Shallots
  • Morel mushrooms
  • Radishes
  • Sorel
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • The various things under the umbrella “Asian greens” like bok choi, bekena, Chinese broccoli, etc.

Indoor Crops/Hoop-House

  • Turnips
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers

Storage Crops

  • Potatoes
  • Apples

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.


One of the most complete markets on the south side is run by our friends at the Experimental Station at their 61st Market on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM -  6100 S. Blackstone

We made our first visit to the Logan Square Farmer’s Market last week.  It still expertly mixes farmers, artisans, a prepared foods like no other market is doing.  And the people watching, oy - Sundays 10 AM – 3 PM (yes!) – Logan Boulevard, just east of Milwaukee

If it’s Tuesdays and you’re in the Loop, you have the option of the Federal Plaza market, some but not all the same vendors as the Daley Plaza market on Thursdays.  See what else is for sale downtown – 7 AM to 3 PM - Adams St. & Dearborn Pkwy

Throwing up a market for this first time this year, the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce want you to visit this far edge of the city for fruits, vegetables and tchotchkes.  The Last Wednesday of each month – 4 PM to 8 PM -  6730 N. Olmsted Ave (Metra Station parking lot)

Oak Park

Have we mentioned donuts.  Family ties?  Well, what about one of the few area markets with locally tapped maple syrup?  Jim the Vinegar Guy?  Sadly, no Hazzard Free grains this year.  Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM - 460 Lake


There are often times, when we think about these things, quantify these things, we say this is the best there is in the Chicago area.  There’s the heirlooms, the regular, meats, cheeses, breads, the unique and the mundane, about all you could want in one market.  Saturdays from 730 AM to 1 PM - University Street & Oak Avenue


OMG, I had no time this weekend for local food shopping.  Fear not, this is one of the few Monday markets around, and it’s a pretty decent one at that.  We’ve even seen a famous West Suburban based chef at this market before.  Mondays 7 AM to 1 PM - 30 E Chicago Ave

Oak Lawn

Not Oak Park, Not Oak Forest, but the one really far south.  It’s market opens this week to add to the rooster of options that direction (as we noted last week, it seems south suburban markets open earlier than north and northwest suburban markets) – Saturdays 8 AM to 1 PM - 159th & Cicero Ave. in the CVS/ Oak Forest Metra train parking lot



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