Chicago farmers' markets

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Over the years Chicagoans have shown a greater desire for locally grown, seasonal food and as a result the popularity of open air food shopping has grown substantially. Today the city hosts over 30 Farmer Markets across many different neighborhoods with farmers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin participating. Shopping at a farmers market can be a family affair for shoppers and farmers alike. It's not uncommon to see an entire family of farmers with children and adults alike helping customers, especially in the busy summer months when children are out of school.

Schedule and locations[edit]

Most, but not all, of the markets are sponsored by the city and occur on one day of the week with the exception of a few of the more popular markets such as the Green City Market. Each market is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.[1] Over time the locations and days of some markets has shifted as the city is constantly working to provide balanced coverage to different neighborhoods throughout the week. The only day there are no markets open is Friday. While most markets begin on the first week of the month listed be sure to check your local market before visiting because a few begin in the second week of the month. One farmers' market serving Chicagoland open daily and year-round is Home Grown Cow.[2][3] A virtual farmers' market. Orders are delivered directly to customers from the farms.

Monday[edit]

Loyola Market[4]
When: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - June through September
Where: Albion Avenue and Sheridan Road

Tuesday[edit]

Downtown Farmers Market
Lincoln Square[5]
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: City parking lot at Lincoln, Leland and Western next to the Western Brown Line stop.
Prudential Plaza[6]
When: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: Lake Street and Beaubien Court
Museum of Contemporary Art/Streeterville
When: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: 220 East Chicago Avenue
Federal Plaza
When: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - May through October
Where: Adams and Dearborn Street

Wednesday[edit]

Andersonville
Green City Market[7]
When: Outdoor Market- 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., May through October

Indoor Market- 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., November through April

Where: Outdoor Market—South end of Lincoln Park at LaSalle Street in Lincoln Park along path between 1750 North Clark and Stockton Drive.

Indoor Market- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive.

Lawndale
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: Parking lot of Community Bank of Lawndale at Grenshaw St. and Homan Ave.
Logan Square
When: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - June 26-September 4
Where: Logan Square Blue Line Plaza at Kedzie Ave. and Milwaukee Ave.
Andersonville Farmers Market
When: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: On Berwin Ave. between Clark St. and Ashland Ave.
Gately/Pullman
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: Arcade Park, 111th street and Cottage Grove.
Seaway
When: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through September
Where: Seaway National Bank parking lot, 87th St. and Langley Ave.
South Shore
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: South Shore Bank parking lot, 70th and Jeffery.

Thursday[edit]

Lincoln Square
Hyde Park Market
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: Cul-de-sac at 52nd Place and Harper Court
Willis Tower
When: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: At the park between the 311 South Wacker building and Willis Tower.
Daley Plaza
When: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - June through September
Where: Washington and Dearborn at Daley Plaza
Dunning/Eli's/Wright College
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive at Montrose in the parking lot of Eli's Cheesecake World
The Park at Jackson & Wacker
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June through October
Where: 311 South Wacker Drive

Saturday[edit]

61st St. Farmer's Market
When: 9AM-2PM, May 11-December 14
Where: 61st St. in Hyde Park Between Dorchester and Blackstone
Austin
When: July 8-Oct. 21.
Where: Parking lot of Emmet Math, Science and Technology Academy at Madison St. and Central Ave.
Bronzeville[8]
When: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - June 3 through October 12
Where: Dunbar Vocational Career Academy parking lot, 30th and King Drive
East Garfield Park
When:
Where: See listing under Sunday markets.
Eden Place Farmers Market
When: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - May 31 through October 11
Where: 43rd Street and Wells, Fuller Park Neighborhood, Next to Citgo Gas Station
Green City Market[9]
When: Outdoor Market- 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., May through October

Indoor Market- 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., November through April

Where: Outdoor Market—South end of Lincoln Park at LaSalle Street in Lincoln Park along path between 1750 North Clark and Stockton Drive.

Indoor Market- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive.

HomeGrown
When: Noon-3 p.m. July 8-Nov. 4
Where: Chicago: 2626 W. Division St.
Lakeview: Nettlehorst School
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m through Oct. 29
Where: Broadway and Melrose
Lincoln Park
When: Saturdays May 20-Oct. 28
Where: Parking lot of Lincoln Park High School, Armitage and Orchard
Morgan Park
When: Saturdays, June 3-Oct. 22
Where: Parking lot of Shiloah M.B. Church, 92nd and Ashland.
Near North Side
When: Saturdays, June 18-Oct. 22
Where: Division between State and Clark
North Center
When: Saturdays, June 3-Oct. 28
Where: North Center Town Square, at Lincoln, Damen and Belle Plaine
North Halsted
When: Saturdays, June 3-Oct. 22
Where: Parking lot of Faith Tabernacle Church, Halsted, Broadway and Grace
Printers Row
When: Saturdays, June 18-Oct. 22.
Where: Dearborn and Polk

Sunday[edit]

Logan Square
West Lawn
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 19-Oct. 23
Where: Parking lot at Republic Bank, 65th and Pulaski.
Roscoe Village
When: Friedrich Ludwig Jahn play lot, Belmont and Wolcott
Where: June 19-Oct. 23
Ashburn
When: June 18-Oct. 22
Where: Parking lot, 87th St. and Kedzie Ave.
East Garfield Park
When: 300 N. Central Park Ave., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-Oct 28
Where: City parking lot on the southeast corner of 95th Street and Longwood Drive
Lakeview
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 7-Oct. 4
Where: 3179 N. Clark St.
Lake Shore East
When: July 16-Oct. 22
Where: 220 N. Park Dr. (or 220 N. Columbus Dr. then take elevator to lower level)
Logan Square[10]
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 - Oct 26
Where: Logan Blvd. from Milwaukee Ave. to Whipple St.
Pilsen Community Market
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14- Sept 27th
Where: 1800 South Halsted
Wicker Park/Bucktown
When: June 4-Oct. 22
Where: Wicker Park and Damen Avenue
Rogers Park
When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 3 - October 28
Where: Glenwood Ave and Morse Avenue

Everyday[edit]

Online - Serving all of Chicagoland
When: 24 hours/day, 365 days/week
Where: Home Grown Cow - Chicago (Meat, Poultry & Cheese producers only)

What's Available?[edit]

For many people the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a farmers market is fruits and vegetables but the variety is actually much greater than that. At most markets you can also expect to find flowers, baked goods and even specialty meats like piedmontese beef. Many of the markets also appeal to those concerned about sustainable farming with a focus on certified organic produce and free-range meats. While each market is different you can expect to find some of the following fruits and vegetables during the months listed.

May June July
August September October

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farmers Market - Chicago". Mind Yourself. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/10/21/farmers-market-promotion-program-supports-diverse-needs-in-upper-midwest-states/
  3. ^ http://www.api-virtuallibrary.com/eList-archive/Angus-Elist/Past_Volumes/2011/06jun11/06-02-11.html
  4. ^ Lettiere, Gina. "FARMERS MARKET". Loyola University Chicago. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lincoln Square Farmers Market". Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Prudential Plaza Chicago Farmers Market". AgriHappenings. Illinois Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.greencitymarket.org/calendar/index.asp
  8. ^ "Market Scene: Bronzeville Community Market". Serious Eats. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.greencitymarket.org/calendar/index.asp
  10. ^ http://logansquarefarmersmarket.org/node/386