>> Thursday, February 18, 2010
For me, I always associated farmer's markets with spring, summer and fall; so basically just not winter. When I moved to Chicago I was so excited to try out the Green City Market. Having heard so much about it and seen the bounty of produce on shows such as Top Chef, I knew this would not be a regular's farmer's market. However, I moved in the middle of fall with a swift (and I do mean SWIFT) transition into winter, I feared that I would not be able to taste fresh produce for a while. So you can imagine my pure delight when I learned that the Green City Market extends through all seasons and in fact provides an inside facility near my apartment in the winter!! Just pure elation.
Over the past few weeks, I have purchased a wide variety of root vegetables, breads, meats, poultry. Tried cheeses from all over the Midwest and had the delight of meeting the proud farmers and producers of these great products. While it is only every two week the Green City Market is often the highlight of most of my weekends.
The market goes beyond just a traditional produce stand; it offers chef demos, recipes, scholarships and volunteering efforts etc. Check out their entire list of programs here.
If you are in Chicago, this is one event that should not be missed. Even if you are here on vacation - it's a great way to taste the local produce and learn more about the Midwest.
Their logo reads "Fresh. Local. Delicious." I couldn't agree more. For dates, locations etc. check out their website here. You can also follow them on twitter here or look at their pretty pictures on Flickr.