The Harvest is in Season and Where You Can Find it – Sponsored by Vera

August 21, 2015 at 8:01 am

Eat Local Now!


Photo Jeannie Boutelle


It continues to be the most wonderful time of the year with the full bounty of locally grown tomatoes and all the other wonderful things summer has to offer. And did you find a really tasty, odd shaped tomato last weeK? The great thing about shopping local, hitting the markets, taking in the harvest, is that each week something new sprouts. New colors, new shapes. Enjoy..

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We told you that Chef Mendez at our sponsor,Vera, knows that you can do no worse than rubbing some of these local tomatoes across country bread, a/k/a tomato bread a/k/a pa amb tomàquet, but he’s also found other ways to use his tomatoes right now including  in a spicy “brava” sauce for potatoes and as a garnish for ceviche.  He’s also putting seasonal bounty to use in the roasted vegetable dish escalivada.  It’s a great dish to try at Vera and a great dish to try making at home once you’ve shopped the markets.



What’s In Season Now

Like we told you the other day, what’s in season now is the benefit for our friends at Purple Asparagus.  Do join the festivities this Sunday, August 23.  For additional farm dinners and other good things to do, don’t forget to keep an eye on Jeannie’s Local Calendar.

It aint all tomatoes right now.  In fact we hear that local grapes may be showing up this week.

From the Ground

  • Eggplant
  • Bell peppers – still mostly green!
  • Other shaped sweeter peppers – carmes, melrose, shishito, banana
  • Hot peppers – jalapenos, serranos, cayenne, etc.
  • Sweet corn
  • Truly *new* potatoes (how do you know they’re new?)
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer squashes
  • Shelling beans
  • Fresh “peas” a/k/a black eye peas, crowder peas, etc.
  • Herbs, especially basil

From the Trees and Bushes

  • Blackberries
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Melons – and nearly all those orange ones around here are muskmelons, not canteloupe!
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • 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

Almost all markets are running now.  We’ve highlighted some of our favorites.  If you want to roam, go back to this post for some interesting markets within a short drive.  What about the Sugar Beet Coop?  They got lots of local food as do these other stores.


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

Looking for the Condiment Queen and her sun golds and you cannot make it to Oak Park because you live in the Big City.  Well, Tomato Mountain and some of the other Oak Park Farmer’s Market faves like Geneva Lakes produce and Hardin Farms Michigan fruit are at the Andersonville Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays from 3 PM to 8 PM.  This market accepts the LINK card – 1500 Berwyn

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


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


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

What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera 1023 W. Lake, Chicago