What’s In Season and You Can Find It at the Regulars or Not – Sponsored by Vera
Last week we dared you to take the local fruit challenge. Did ya? We also asked you to think about trying a new market, get out, cross state lines. Did ya? This week, we’ve included a couple more new ideas for you; for instance, did ya ever think about going to a market on a Friday or a Monday. We’ve also included some of our stalwarts. Did ya just want to get it over, get your real food and relax the rest of the day? Remember, in addition to the markets listed below, there’s our list of eat local stores in the Chicago area. For other things to do and see, Jeannie wraps things up really nicely in her Local Calendar. Where ever yo go, what ever you do, did ya remember to use our farmer’s market shopping tips.
What’s In Season Now
This time of year, you can easily make a plate like that for lunch. Maybe have my daugher sell you some Nordic Creamery sheep milk feta.
From the Ground
- Green bell peppers
- Sweet corn
- Hot peppers
- Truly *new* potatoes (how do you know they’re new?)
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Summer squashes
- Herbs, especially basil
From the Trees and Bushes
- Cherries – sweet and tart – approaching the end of season!
- Raspberries including black raspberries
- Apples – (summer apples!)
- Meats, poultry, lake fish
- Milk, cheese and other dairy
- 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.
There’s a good chance the Condiment Queen will have the justly famous Tomato Mountain sun golds this Sunday at Independence Park – 9 AM – 1 PM – Springfield and Irving Park
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
Good salumi at a farmer’s market is just one of the reasons we love the Logan Square Farmer’s Market. Sundays 10 AM – 3 PM (yes!) – Logan Boulevard, just east of Milwaukee
What did you forget? Well, there’s a Monday market by Loyola in the afternoon – 3 PM – 7 PM - This market accepts the LINK card. - 1200 W. Loyola Ave
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
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
Did you want to get a head start on the weekend by hitting a Friday market? How about this one which runs from 930 AM to 1130 AM - 190 S. Roselle Road
Why not a farmer’s market by a farm? Glenview lets you do that on Saturdays from 9 AM – 12 PM - This market accepts the LINK card. - 1510 Wagner Road
What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera 1023 W. Lake, Chicago