Is Your Market in Season Now (But With Strawberries) – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

June 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

Is It Now


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If you’ve had kids, have kids, I know you can hear it in your head.  Now.  As in, are we there now.  Is it time now.  Can we go now.  The first word she learns is mama.  The second, now.  And that’s what I feel like I keep on hearing when talking about farmer’s markets.  Is mine open now?  Now?  It seems like each week more markets open, but is the one that you want to go to open?  This week finds more markets going, although we’ll tell you flat out, there are plenty not yet running.  Now may be a few weeks from now in your community.  See below for what is now, and do use our revised farmer’s market shopping tips when you get there (now).  As always, there’s these stores with plenty of local food.  Our sponsors, Irv and Shelly, have much local food too.  For additional markets and other things to do in the week’s ahead, do check out Jeannie’s Local Calendar.

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What’s In Season Now



local strawberries

Yes, it’s pie season. Lots of strawberries around and rhubarb’s been around for a while now. See if you can make one as good as the Cook Book Addict a/k/a the Condiment Queen.

From the Ground

  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Green garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuces
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions/scallions
  • Shallots
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • The various things under the umbrella “Asian greens” like bok choi, bekena, Chinese broccoli, etc.
  • Other greens including chard, kohlrabi, mustard

Indoor Crops/Hoop-House

  • Tomatoes
  • 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

Did you know there is a second location of Green City Market?  As they did last year, Green City has put up a market in the West Loop, an area way underserved.  Avoid all the hassles of Lincoln Park by visiting this location on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM – Yes, that’s different than the Lincoln Park locale. - 799 W. Fulton Market. (at Halsted)

Portage Park is one of the unsung gems in the Chicago system (we think), and we think there’s no better way to take advantage of a great park than to also shop its farmer’s market.  Every other Sunday, starting June 7 from 10 am to 2 PM – Northwest corner of Portage Park near Central and Berteau

Last week, we pointed you to Hinsdale, as one of the few markets open on Monday.  We understand from a farmer’s perspective the lack of appeal of a Monday market, but from the idea of having food for the week, it makes great sense to us.  So, if you’re in the city, particularly the far north side, check out the Loyola Market on Mondays from 3 Pm to 7 Pm - 1200 W. Loyola Ave.

Speaking of last week and the weeks before, it seems that most of the markets we’ve been mentioning have been in the far reaches of the Chicago area, like in Woodstock.  This week we got you a market in Rogers Park on Monday and another one, the day before on Sunday, but we’ve always been impressed by what they’re doing at the Glenwood Market, so we don’t want you to miss the opening.  Sundays from 9AM to 2 PM - Southbound Glenwood Avenue between Morse & Lunt

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

Morton Grove

Very close Beet ties to this one, so get there on Saturday and shop, shop, shop.  Saturdays 8 AM to Noon – 6210 Dempster


Do you think we’re not gonna include something way far away?  The Geneva Green Market has been focusing on organic and sustainable farmers for a while and is worth the visit if you are anywhere close (or not as it’s a great drive or a great train ride).  Thursdays 9 AM to 1 PM - 327 Hamilton Street


Come for the market, stay for the zoo (and some pretty cool Serbian food to fortify you on the way home) – Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 Pm -  8820 Brookfield Ave


You liked the area so much, you came back for another market.  There was a time when the Condiment Queen worked this one, so it’s got a little special place in our heart, but we love a lot else about Riverside, one of the only places where you find winding streets and bungalows, the downtown area, the river and the falls are all hard to believe within the Chicago area.  And if you don’t want Serbian food, combine your trip with a little Czech food. – Wednesdays 230 PM – 7 PM - 27 Riverside Road



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