One of the best parts about living in a Midwest metropolis like Chicago is that we still have access to fresh locally grown produce at farmers markets. They give us a wonderful opportunity to engage with our neighborhood community and support nutritious, locally grown foods. Here are our favorites in your neighborhoods offering delicious veggies, meats, cheeses and baked goods all summer long!
Every Wednesday this charming market is hopping! All items sold at the market are grown, raised or made within 200 miles and they emphasize sustainably grown fresh ingredients. Purchasing your goods is simple too, as the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce booth can now process your credit/debit card in exchange for tokens that you can use throughout the market! “B” sure to check out Gotta B Crepes, one of the many new vendors for the best savory and sweet crepes, with something for every bruncher’s palate! The Andersonville Farmers Market runs until August 29th from 3:00-8:00pm and then continues until October 17th from 3:00-7:00pm. Visit the website for a full list of vendors.
Green City Market’s outdoor season is May through October, with vendors setting up in Lincoln Park every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00am-1:00pm. The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive. Just steps away from our Park Fullerton by Reside location, Green City Market is Chicago’s largest and first year-round sustainable farmers market. The brainchild of Abby Mandel, chef, author, and entrepreneur, this farmers market is inspired by the sustainable markets she visited in Europe. They also offer a West Loop market that operates June through October every Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm.
The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) farmers market offers ready-to-eat lunch options and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, cut and potted flowers and herbs, baked goods, cheeses, drinks, and more. Don’t forget the MCA is a Reside Rewards partner, so grab some two-for-one tickets to the museum after you shop. The market is open every Tuesday rain or shine, June 5th through October 29th from 7:00am-2:00pm, and is located at the west entrance to the museum.
The WPFM offers local, environmentally responsible foods from the farmers straight to your table. Local crafters, entertainers, and service providers also have a place to promote their businesses and engage with market-goers. Add a breath of fresh air to your apartment with a colorful bouquet from Petals. Their whole family is involved in the entire process from choosing selections, seeding, transplanting, cultivating, bunching and selling. Celebrate the spirit and identity of the Wicker Park neighborhood at this incredible market. This charming market is open every Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm until October 28th. It is located on Damen between Schiller and Wicker Park Ave.
Chicago farmers markets capture all the tastes, sounds, and spirit of the summer. We hope you have a chance to get out there and talk to your neighborhood farmers and craftsmen. What is your favorite farmers market in the city? Let us know in the comments below!