What’s In Season is Time to Say Goodbye and Where to Do It – Sponsored by Vera
Some Eat Local Endings
Halloween marks an end, a time passage, transition. The era of homecoming dances and parent-teacher conferences is over. The new gym shoes are no longer white. The best intentions to stay organized have vanished in a pile of papers and bulging notebooks. No matter what the calendar says or climate change produces, it is winter in November. And we’re not even going to that damn holiday season dawning this Sunday, but yes, everything is different in November. Say your goodbyes now.
You think we are saying goodbye to all our farmer friends this weekend, and yes we must do that. We also, however, must say goodbye to Liz and Mark and the crew at Vera who have supported this listing all season. We thank them greatly for their sponsorship, which ends this week. Our appreciation for what they do at Vera and our support for them does not end. You’ll just see less of their logos displayed.
Now, we say some goodbyes, but we do not say goodbye to eating local. We have all these places stocking local food, and next week, we will introduce our preliminary list of Chicago area winter markets. Besides what’s listed below, look to Jeannie’s Local Calendar for harvest dinners, classes, and other eat local events of interest.
What’s In Season Now
When you see what remains at area markets, you may growl a bit that things are ending. We will continue to indulge in as many zukes, cukes and tomatoes that we find, but we also know you better stock up on things like garlic.
From the Ground
- Various wild mushrooms – look especially for chicken of the wood/maitake
- Cukes and zukes – Near the end
- Sweet peppers – try the longer “carmen” peppers for variety
- Poblano peppers – as Michel Morowitz once said, whatever a green [bell] pepper can do, a poblano pepper can do it better
- Various “frying” peppers – melrose, shishito, padron
- Hot peppers – jalapenos, serranos, cayenne, etc.
- Tomatoes, including green tomatoes
- Shelling beans and field peas
- Green beans
- Brussel sprouts
- Winter squash and pumpkins
- Celery root
- Sweet potatoes
- Radishes, including varieties like daikon and black–these are great storage items
- Kohlrabi – another item that stores to near infinity
- Greens including collards, turnips (often with turnip roots attached), and mustard
From the Trees and Bushes
- Black walnuts
- Midwestern persimmons (best found by wandering back rounds in Southern Indiana!)
- Paw paws
- Asian pears a/k/a papples
- Meats, poultry, lake fish
- Milk, cheese and other dairy
- Grains and breads
- Preserved and jarred products
Where to Find Local Food
Make acquaintances with the farmers at the Division Street market on Saturday because it’ll be one of the few Chicago markets open into November. This market accepts the LINK card. – 7 am – 1 PM - Division St. & Dearborn Pkwy.
The fall harvest will be on full display at Green City Market one last time on the grounds of Lincoln Park this Saturday. This market accepts the LINK card. – 7 am – 1 PM - 1800 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park
Want the culinary thrill of Green City Market without the crowds? The final GCM Fulton market is Saturday. This market accepts the LINK card. – 7 am – 1 PM - Fulton St. & Halsted St.
Get your donuts and see the Local Family one last time. Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM - 460 Lake
This one goes until November 7. 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
More than a few area farmers call Grayslake their home, so it’s no surprise that this market holds strong until December. Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm - Centennial Plaza at the corner of Whitney and Center Streets
Last chance for this suburban market on Saturday. 7 AM to 1 PM - 15 Prairie Av.
What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera 1023 W. Lake, Chicago