What’s In Season and You Can Find it on the 4th of July – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

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July 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

Local Food Takes No Holiday

 

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All the markets listed below are open and a-goin’ this holiday weekend, so you have no excuse to not put local food on your picnic blanket.  We’ve also updated our list of eat local stores in the Chicago area, and we know most of these will also be open this weekend.  Lots of fun stuff in season, see below, and use our revised farmer’s market shopping tips to make the most of what this oddly cool holiday weekend has to offer.  For additional markets and other things to do in the week’s ahead, do check out Jeannie’s Local Calendar.

What’s In Season Now

We’ve entered that time of year where all one needs, any meal is some good bread, here from Hewn, a nice local cheese, here fresh sheep milk cheese made at Kolatek Bakery and a slice or two of tomato–serrano pepper optional.  Or some of the other things listed below.    Asparagus is probably done and strawberries are on their last legs.  Do partake in local cherries, the season is short.

From the Ground

  • Peas – snow peas, English or “shelling” peas, sugar snaps
  • Fava beans
  • Summer squash/zucchini , especially smaller versions
  • Beets. with their greens
  • Fresh onions with their tops
  • Fresh garlic and garlic scapes
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Hot peppers
  • Truly *new* potatoes
  • The first tomatoes, especially sun golds

From the Trees and Bushes

  • Cherries – sweet and tart
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries including black raspberries

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

Almost all markets are running now.  We’ve highlighted some of our favorites and some to we need to check out.  In addition to markets, there are several stores in the Chicago area that focus on selling local foods.

Chicago

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.  Sunday from 10 am to 2 PM – Northwest corner of Portage Park near Central and Berteau 

It may not be the biggest market in the Chicago area, but it is the only market with a free breakfast of Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe (and the only market where you can gorge on cheesecake samples).  We maintain a special place in our heart for this market, Thursdays – 7 AM – 1 PM - 6701 West Forest Preserve Drive

We’ve always been impressed by what they’re doing at the Glenwood Market.  Sundays from 9AM to 2 PM - Southbound Glenwood Avenue between Morse & Lunt

On Twitter this week there was some discussion on whether one could get good salumi at a farmer’s market the Logan Square Farmer’s Market where you can find Underground Collective’s meats.  That and more, Sundays 10 AM – 3 PM (yes!) – Logan Boulevard, just east of Milwaukee

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

Evanston

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

Geneva

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

Northbrook

In memory of Mom.  She was a volunteer hereWednesdays from 7 AM to 1 Pm –  Cherry Lane and Meadow 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

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