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Winter Farmers Markets in Chicago

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Logan Square Farmers Market from peoplingplaces.wordpress.com
Logan Square Farmers Market from peoplingplaces.wordpress.com

Our city loves a good farmers market, full of fresh baked goods, local meats, and organic fruits and vegetables. Enjoying a summer morning of strolling through fresh earthy food is no surprise since the city spends a large amount of time huddled away during the winter. Missing your farmers market fix? Have no fear, there are some great local markets that keep going throughout the cold winters to bring you a wonderful selection of food.

Head over to the Congress Theater on Sundays from 10am-2pm for the Logan Square Farmers Market. The market runs from November 1st until March 28th in the lobby of the Congress, right on Milwaukee Ave. The vendors range from Black Dog Gelato, a local company who serve up gourmet gelatos and sorbets served at local restaurants (Uncommon Ground, The Drawing Room, Vella Cafe) across the city, to lamb from Mint Creek Farms up in Troy, Wisconsin. While browsing you can also grab a sweet or savory crepe from Cook Au Vin, and savor its gooey warmth while trying to forget about the blustery cold outside.

Our friends over at Chicagoist reminded us of the farmers market that will be popping up this weekend at the Empty Bottle, another example of fresh produce by day, rock music by night. The inaugural market is December 19th from 11am-5pm (a market that stays open later than most, hopefully catering to those music fans that stayed at the bar until last call the night before). A small market of 12 vendors will sell their wares while the EB staff cranks out some good music and cheap booze. Sure, we love a morning spent outside in Lincoln Park during the summer, but you sure can’t get a PBR and a shot of Jameson on the fly while shopping there.

And then of course there is the mammoth Green City Market, that operates during November and December and other select winter dates at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The market runs until December 23rd on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am-1pm. The scheduled dates for 2010 so far are Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, Mar. 13, Mar. 27, Apr. 10, and Apr. 24 from 8am-1pm. Green City Market, the market that takes over Lincoln Park during the spring and summer, host not only a wide selection of products during the winter (47 vendors this year), but also cooking demos and book signings with notable chefs. Another wonderful thing the Green City Market does is accept LINK cards, making fresh and local food available to lower income families and individuals.

So instead of dashing in and out of Jewel all winter to grab a meal, head out to one of these wonderful markets and taste seasonal vegetables, fresh farm raised eggs and meats, and homemade products all year long.