Hey all you Chicagoans! Just because it is freezing outside does not mean that the market season is over!
I simply love the farmers market! It has to be one of my favorite past time activities. There is something so magically uplifting about shopping around, taking in all of the different seasonal varieties, and talking with the farmers.
I enjoy learning about how their produce is grown, where each farm is located, and what brought the farmers to this beautiful lifestyle. Developing a relationship with the ones who have such a strong passion about growing and curating beautiful, straight from the earth foods.
Supporting local farmers not only supports the local economy, but you are also getting the freshest, tastiest, most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables.
I’m about to let you in on a little secret of mine…There are actually a few markets here in Chicago that move inside during the winter!
That is right; all of the hearty, wintry essentials are present and accounted for, from sturdy greens to freshly baked breads.
I have compiled a little list of five indoor markets here in the Chicagoland area. I hope this inspires you to venture out and get connected to this great community of Momma Earth lovers and supporters.
Green City Market:
The ever so popular Lincoln Park Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, during the cold months. The market takes place every other Saturday through Apr. 28, when the outdoor market returns for spring.
Held every other Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park (773-880-1266) or greencitymarket.org).
61st Street Market:
Located inside the Experimental Station, it takes place monthly through April, at which point it returns to its 61st Street roots.
Held Feb. 10, Mar. 10 & Apr. 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Woodlawn (773-241-6044 or experimentalstation.org).
Logan Square Farmers Market:
One of the biggest (and best) farmers markets in the city! It is indoors every Sunday at the Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square.
Held every Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Emporium Arcade Bar, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square (773-489-3222 or logansquarefarmersmarket.org).
Evanston Indoor Farmer and Artisan Market:
Giving the North Shore its fill of farm-to-tote sauces, pastries, veggies, meats and other delectables.
Held every Saturday through Apr. 28, 8 a.m.-noon; Ladd Arboretum, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston (847-448-8045 or cityofevanston.org).
Everything at this market is grown or produced within 200 miles of Geneva.
Held every Saturday through May, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St., Geneva (847-501-0430 or geneva-green-market.org).
My favorite out of all of these? The Logan Square Market!
If you see me there (I will be the ginger trying all of the samples, feeling all of the vegetables, and conversing with the farmers), do not hesitate to come say hi!