What’s In Season Is Not at Green City Market This Weekend So Where Else Can You Find It

December 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

Eat Local Options


winter market table

The mission of our friends at Green City Market have never been just  putting out a great market.  They’ve done a lot of things over the years to prop up a local food system for Chicagoland, and one of the key things has been a commitment to year-round operations.  We remember buying food with the lions once upon a time, but for several years now, we’ve been with the butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  The Green City winter markets have been notable for keeping up a supply of things and not being all lamb’s wool and jams.  We think about the great things they do because this is a rare week off for them and their farmers.    They’ll be back next week and again in January.

Don’t fret you locavore.  Whether bar, cafe or ecology center, there are several options for local food.  See below or get in your car and visit these markets downstate.   For additional reference use our very big list of Chicagoland Winter Farmer’s Markets.  Don’t forget the Sugar Beet Coop and all these other stores for local food.  Don’t ignore you neighborhood grocery store; we’ve seen lotsa Michigan apples for sale and great prices on Wisconsin russet potatoes.  Finally, always check up on Jeannie’s Local Calendar for things to do. 

What’s In Season Now



From the Hoops and other Indoor Means

      • Lettuces
      • Spinach
      • Kale, chard and other greens
      • Tomatoes–yes, more to come on this!
      • Herbs

From the Ground (Storage Crops)

      • Brussel sprouts
      • Winter squash and pumpkins
      • Beets
      • Carrots
      • Cabbage
      • Rutabaga
      • Celery root
      • Sweet potatoes
      • Onions
      • Leeks
      • Potatoes
      • Radishes, including varieties like daikon and black–these are great storage items
      • Kohlrabi – another item that stores to near infinity
      • Parsnips
      • The roots you did not think about before — parsley, burdock, sunchoke, salsify, etc.

From the Trees and Bushes

      • Black walnuts
      • Grapes
      • Apples
      • Asian pears a/k/a papples

Year Round

      • Meats, poultry, lake fish
      • Eggs
      • Milk, cheese and other dairy
      • Mushrooms
      • Grains and breads
      • Select herbs
      • Sprouts
      • Preserved and jarred products

Where to Find Local Food


Probably your last chance to find the Condiment Queen.  She’ll probably have carrots and shallots. Much other good stuff  at the Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday from  9am – 2pm. – 6100 S. Blackstone

And if you did not get your fill of the Cook Book Addict on Saturday, she’ll be hawking the Tomato Mountain jars and produce Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, 10 AM to 3 PM - 2755 N Milwaukee Ave,

The folks at the Glenwood Market at back this Sunday – 9AM – 2PM – The Glenwood Bar - 6962 N Glenwood Avenue

Oak Park

Eat local meat!  Our friends the Wettstein’s will have chicken, eggs, a bit of turkey and a few other things Saturday at the Buzz Cafe from 12 PM – 3 PM – 905 S. Lombard


There’s going to be a few options this  winter in Evanston for winter markets.  This week though, it’s just the market at the Ecology Center – Saturday – 9AM – 1 PM - Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, 


More than a few area farmers call Grayslake their home, so it’s no surprise that this market holds strong until December 19.  Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm  - Centennial Plaza at the corner of Whitney and Center Streets


Another stalwart of the winter markets, find plenty of farmers on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM – Building D, McHenry County Fairgrounds (11900 Country Club Rd)