Farmers Markets Kick Off This Week

By Patty Wetli | Monday, June 6, 2011

Chicago Farmers Markets kick off this week. Credit: Hunter Clauss.

After surviving the winter on New Zealand apples, it’s time to enjoy some locally-grown produce. Neighborhood farmers markets kick off in June, bringing a little piece of the country to the city.

Southport Farmers Market

June 25 – September 10, every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Blaine School, 1420 W. Grace
Vendors include Twin Garden Farms, Fehr Brothers Farm

NorthCenter Farmers Market

June 18 – October 29, every Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Belle Plaine/Damen/Lincoln
Vendors include Noffke Family Farms, Madsen Farms, Ellis Family Farms

Lincoln Square Farmers Market

June 7 – October 25, every Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lincoln/Leland/Western–parking lot at Western Brown Line station
Vendors include C&D Family Farms, Mick Klug Farms, Seedling, Lyons Fruit Farm, Dotson’s Farm, Flip Brands Crepes

Lincoln Square Evening Farmers Market

June 16 – October 27, every Thursday, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lincoln/Leland/Western–parking lot at Western Brown Line station
Vendors include Angel Food Bakery, Pizza D.O.C., Jo Snow Syrups, Ruth & Phil’s Ice Cream, Noffke Family Farms

While the majority of farmers markets are run by the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Lincoln Square’s evening market, now in its second year, is the brainchild of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce.

“We definitely learned some lessons last year,” says Melissa Flynn, LSCC executive director. For starters, this year’s schedule is more consistent, as opposed to adding September and October on the fly in 2010.

Restaurants will also play a more prominent role. Though the details aren’t confirmed yet, the evening market will feature a “What’s Cooking in Lincoln Square” component. Each week a different neighborhood restaurant will offer a cooking demonstration or samples of dishes created using ingredients purchased at the farmers market. “You’ll see how restaurants are connecting with farmers,” says Flynn. “It emphasizes the importance of the local food movement.”

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