What’s In Season Can Be Had Later & Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera
Eat Local Later
The harvest piles up. You cannot get to it all now. Put some away for later. You do not need to can or do anything involved. Just buy a little extra. Onions, garlic, shallots can all go in a hanging basket in your cool basement. Leave some hot peppers or herbs lying around to dry. Shove some apples to the back of your fridge and forget about them until February. A little bit of anything will give you a sense you can eat more local. Who knows where that will lead.
Inspired? Here’s our basic guide for preserving the seasonal bounty.
The harvest brings you the rest of summer and the start of fall. Chef Mendez Vera menu speaks to completeness of this season. There’s still his wonderful escalivada, using peppers, tomatoes, and such, but there is also beets, combined with burrata. You have plenty of choices this time of year. Do note, though that much of summer’s fruit has run its course. You may not find any peaches this week.
What’s In Season Now
From the Ground
- Tons of peppers in bright orange and red, long and bell, hot and sweet
- Sweet corn remains
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Field peas a/k/a black eye peas, crowder peas, etc.
- Shelling beans eg, pinto, shelly, etc.
- Greens including chard, kale, collards, mustard and turnip
- Cauliflower and broccoli
- Winter AND summer squashes
From the Trees and Bushes
- Peaches – Last varieties
- Plums – Mostly the purple types
- Apples – Find new varieties each week
- Asian pears
- Meats, poultry, lake fish
- Milk, cheese and other dairy
- Grains and breads
- Preserved and jarred products
Where to Find Local Food
We have a few more weeks where all markets are running now. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites. For 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 also still believe that local food is everywhere. You can also go to Jeannie’s Local Calendar for resources, events and other happenings.
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
Green City Market is overflowing right now. Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM – Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark)
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
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
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