Sugar Beet’s In Season, What Else and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera
Eat Local Tomatoes from a Coop
Really, it seems fast. Very fast. Who’s using the beet? It was not that long ago, I met two women, Jenny Jocks Stelzer and Cheryl Munoz. Not only did we share a love and need for all the possibilities and puns present from having beet in our projects, we shared a love and interest in local food. While I was doing my part by blasting out blog post after blog post, they decided to establish an outlet to make local food more accessible and more available to the Oak Park and neighboring communities. Over picnicking at a ranch, I heard more of their dreams. It happened. It is happening. The Sugar Beet Coop opens Friday, July 31, at 10 AM in Oak Park. After that, the store will be open seven days a week from 7 AM to 9 PM.
Our sponsors at Vera want you to know that the Sugar Beet is just one place you can find yourself some good local food. We’ve given you some of our favorite markets below, and we have this list of eat local stores in the Chicago area. For other things to do and see, Jeannie’s 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
It’s tomato time. You cannot go wrong if you eat this daily. Here’s what else to focus on this week.
From the Ground
- Zukes and cukes
- Green bell peppers
- Sweet corn
- Hot peppers
- Truly *new* potatoes (how do you know they’re new?)
- Some green tomatoes
- Melons, and remember they’re muskmelons not canteloup
- 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. Fpr some adventures look at this post. In addition to markets, there are several stores in the Chicago area that focus on selling local foods.
We’re partial to markets with donuts, so if it’s Tuesday and we’re in the Loop, we hit Federal Plaza. This market accepts the LINK card - 7 AM – 3 PM – Adams and Dearborn
It it’s Thursday and we’re in the Loop, you cannot do wrong with Daley Plaza, which is filled with vendors including produce, breads and prepared foods. 7 AM – 2 PM - This market accepts the LINK card. - 50 W. Washington
It’s Green City Plus! Avoid the crush of dogs and their people by shopping Green City Markets other location. Saturday 8 AM – 1 PM (this is different hours than GCM Lincoln Park) - This market accepts the LINK card. - 799 W. Fulton Market
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
What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera 1023 W. Lake, Chicago