Chicago Has Plenty of Farmers Markets to Choose From
Chicago has a variety of farmers markets that allow you to get the freshest produce without growing it yourself. Summer is finally approaching and with the warm weather comes various opportunities for fresh produce. Did you know that you can purchase more than fruit and vegetables at a farmers market? I have seen honey, bread, fresh flowers, herbs, spices and even cured meats at various markets throughout the city. Many markets offer demonstrations, hands on classes and often give free samples.
Visiting a farmers market is definitely a family friendly activity. As they say, kids are more willing to eat something that they pick out and cook. My kids especially like the fresh bread, cheese and salsa that we get at our local market. We usually bring a blanket and have a picnic lunch with some of the items that we purchase. What a great way to make sure that your kids are eating nutritious items that are grown locally.
Not sure what to do with all of the items you have just purchased? Your family will surely enjoy fresh salsa, fruit salad, garden salad or vegetable lasagna made with your items picked up at the Farmers market. You can also make fruit parfaits, blend fruit into smoothies or add fruit to the tops of frosted cupcakes for a special treat.
Here are a few of my favorite Chicago Farmer’s Markets:
Green City Market
Located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1790 N. Clark)
May – October (Outside market)
Wednesdays & Saturdays 7:00am-1:00pm
Parking is available for $9.00 for the first two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot off of Stockton Drive
Daley Plaza Farmers Market
50 W. Washington
May12th – Oct 20th
Parking is extremely limited so taking public transportation is highly recommended.
Chicago’s Downtown Farm stand
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago’s Downtown Farm stand is open Year round 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday.
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
Parking is extremely limited so public transportation is recommended.
Willis Tower Farmers Market
233 S. Wicker
Willis Tower Plaza Farmers Market will take place every Thursday from June 16 until October 6 from 7am-3pm
Paid parking is available at various locations however public transportation is recommended.
Pritzker Park Farmers market (New this year)
344 S. South State St
Every Tuesday from Jun 14, 2011 to Sep 27, 2011
These are just a few of the many Farmers markets that Chicago has to offer. With summer approaching, do your research and find which market fits your needs. All are family friendly and most are wheel chair accessible.
For more information on Chicago’s farmers markets visit www.explorechicago.org
Jennifer Roche, Downtown Chicago Farmers Markets, About.com
Chicago Farmers Markets, Explorechicago.org