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Chicago Farmers' Markets

End those shopping trips to the grocery store with Chicago's roster of green markets.
Tuesday Apr 20, 2010.     By Centerstage Chicago Staff
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Get your produce here.
Travelers make pit stops for sweet corn along the road for a reason: The foreign allure of the fresh-from-the-vine fruits and vegetables. Luckily, your urban veggie experience isn't restricted to chain shopping, and it certainly doesn't require a car (just a backpack or strong biceps). Chicago offers a bevy of long-standing markets that bring the best of the farm to your neighborhood.


Find markets on:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday
Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Expect a solid dose of Americana—rhubarb, basil, flowers and homemade breads—and expect to pay a bit more. You won't see 99-cent containers of strawberries, but you won't see rotting, pale red berries either. You'll want to get up with the roosters, too. Most markets open at 7 a.m. and call it quits by mid-afternoon. Though a complete roster of Chicago farmers markets follows, here are our favorite weekend ones...because we work, too:

Check out the big mamma-jamma at Green City Market
Truly a family of local producers, farmers, restaurateurs and chefs, Green City Market is open on Saturdays, too (hallelujah). Past producers include Red Hen Bakery, Herbally Yours and Nichols Farm & Orchard, which always boasts a staggering number of strawberry varieties. You'll also find herbs, heirloom tomatoes, organic free-range chicken, gourmet vinegars and a mean crepes stand that uses fillings gleaned from neighboring booths. Learn how to prepare your food with the 10:30 a.m. cooking demo; participating chefs have included Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Gale Gand of Tru. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; May 12-Oct. 30.

Get veggies on the North Side at Edgewater Green Market
There's no need to trek downtown for organic produce. This weekly farmers' market is stocked with fruits and veggies, compliments of Kings Hill Farm Cooperative and True Nature Foods. You'll also find jams, flowers, honey and breads from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. In the past, Soul Cafe has sold fair-trade coffee to help rouse early risers, while Soothe Your Senses presented bath salts, eye tea and massage oil to wind down your day with. Additional specialty vendors participate on the third Saturday of each month. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; late June-late October.

Brunch at Lula, then shop at Logan Square Farmers' Market
What started as a bi-weekly market in 2005 has already jumped to a weekly one, and it's a farm-centric gathering worth supporting. Held at the intersection of Logan & Milwaukee, this is an easy market for Wicker Park/Bucktown residents to get to. Once there you'll find produce from City Farm, organic bread and pastries from Golden Rise Bakery, flowers from D&K Farms and M's Organic vegetables, flowers, canned goods and soaps. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; June-October.

Shop like Frank would at Oak Park Farmers' Market
What better time than summer to take a jaunt to the Frank Lloyd Wright-heavy village of Oak Park? And what better way to return than laden with fresh veggies? Offering locally grown produce in a setting that heralds back to those early Arts & Crafts days, the "gastronomic event" comes complete with bluegrass tunes, the scent of freshly-made old-fashioned cake donuts, produce, traditional and unusual flowers and plants, artisanal cheeses, honey, vinegars, herbs and more. A bag check area lets you temporarily set down your load while you enjoy other local goodies. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; May 22-October 30.

Take a weekend drive to Northfield Farmers' Market
Rainy Saturday got you down? Hop in the car and take a trip to Northfield, where you'll reap vitamin-filled rewards thanks to the town's rain-or-shine farmers market. In addition to seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, you'll find Wisconsin cheeses, maple syrup, honey, just-from-the-oven breads, herbal soaps and fresh cut flowers. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; May 29-October 23.

Check out our full list of area markets:

Mondays

Country Side Farmers Market, at 55th & East (La Grange)
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday; May 10-Oct. 25

Tuesdays

City Farm Heirloom Tomato Stand, at Clybourn and Division
3-6 p.m.; August 21-Oct. 16

Federal Plaza Farmers Market, at Adams and Dearborn
7 a.m.-3 p.m.; May 11-Oct. 26

Lincoln Square Farmers Market, at Lincoln, Leland and Western
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 8-Oct. 26

Museum of Contemporary Art Farmers Market, at Chicago and Mies van der Rohe Way
7 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 8-Oct. 26

Prudential Plaza Farmers Market, at Lake and Beaubien Court
7 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 8-Oct. 26

Wednesdays

Andersonville Farmers Market, Clark & Berwyn
3-8 p.m.; June 23-Oct. 6

Avondale Farmers Market, at Whipple and School
3-6 p.m.; June 23-Nov. 10 Wednesdays (not every week)

Chatham Farmers Market, 87th and Langley
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; July 14-Sep. 29

City Farm Heirloom Tomato Stand, at Clybourn and Division
3-6 p.m.; August 21-Oct. 16

Elk Grove Village Farmers Market, Wellington and Biesterfield
7 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 2-Sep. 29

Elmhurst Farmers Market, 105 E. Vallette
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 2-Oct. 27

Gately/Pullman Farmers Market, at 111th and Cottage Grove
7 a.m.-2 p.m.; early June-late Oct.

Grayslake Farmers Market, 149 Center
3-7 p.m.; April 7-Dec. 15

Green City Market, 1750 N. Clark
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 12-Oct. 30

Lawndale Farmers Market, at Central Park and Ogden
3-7 p.m.; July 7-Oct. 13

Oak Lawn Farmers Market, 9446 Raymond
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 2-Oct. 13

South Shore Farmers Market, at 70th and Jeffery
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 9-Oct. 27

Thursdays

City Farm Heirloom Tomato Stand, at Clybourn and Division
3-6 p.m.; August 21-Oct. 16

Daley Plaza Farmers Market, at Washington & Dearborn
7 a.m.-3 p.m.; May 13-Oct. 14

DeKalb Farmers Market, at 2nd and Locust
noon-6 p.m.; June 3-Sept. 30

Dunning-Eli's/Wright College Farmers Market, at Montrose and Forest Preserve Avenue
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 7-Oct. 28

Englewood Farmers Market, at 63rd and Halsted
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 24-Nov. 25

Hyde Park Farmers Market, at 3424 Edwards
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 3-Oct. 28

LaGrange Park Farmers Market, at Harris and Sixth
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 13-Oct.28

The Park at Jackson and Wacker
7 a.m.-3 p.m.; June-Oct.

Willis Tower Farmers Market, at 233 S. Wacker
7 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 17-Oct. 28

Fridays

City Farm Heirloom Tomato Stand, at Clybourn and Division
3-6 p.m.; August 21-Oct. 16

Farmer Friday Farmers Market, at 1401 W. Devon
4-8 p.m.; June 4-August 27

Fox Valley Farmers Market, 840 N. State (Elgin)
11 a.m.-6 p.m.; June 4-Sept. 24

St. Charles Farmers Market, 307 Cedar
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 4-Oct. 29

Orland Park Farmers Market, 14700 S. Ravinia
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 4-Oct. 1

Saturdays

61st Street Farmers Market, at 61st and Blackstone
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; May 15-Oct. 30

Austin Farmers Market, at Madison and Central
7 a.m.-noon; July 10-Oct. 16

Avondale Farmers Market, at Sacramento and Belmont
9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 26-Nov. 13 Saturdays (not every week)

Bronzeville Farmers Market, at E. 44th and Cottage Grove
8 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 5-Oct. 30

Conuco Farmers Market, at 2626 W. Division
9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 19-Oct. 16

Crystal Lake Farmers Market, 70 E. Woodstock
8 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 5-Oct. 16

Downtown Downers Grove Market, 5001 Main
7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; May 8-Oct. 16

Eden Place Farmers Market, 43rd and Shields
8 a.m.-3 p.m.; May 29-Sep. 25

Edgewater Green Market, 6034 N. Broadway
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June-Oct.

Evanston Farmers Market, at University and Oak
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 8-Nov. 6

Grayslake Farmers Market, 149 Center
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 3-Dec. 18

Green City Market, 1750 N. Clark
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 12-Oct. 30

Lincoln Park Farmers Market, at Armitage and Orchard
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 15-Oct. 30

Morgan Park Farmers Market, at 92nd and Ashland
7 a.m.-2 p.m.; June-Oct.

Morton Grove Farmers Market, 8930 Waukegan
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; May 29-Oct. 16

Naperville Farmers Market, 200 E. 5th
7 a.m.-noon; June 5-Oct. 30

Near North Farmers Market, at Division and Dearborn
7 a.m.-2 p.m.; June-Oct.

Nettelhorst French Market, 3252 N. Broadway
8 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 24-Oct. 30

North Center, at Damen and Lincoln
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 19-Oct. 30

Northfield Farmers Market, 6 Happ
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 29-Oct. 23

Oak Park Farmers Market, at Elmwood and Lake
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 22-Oct. 30

Palatine Farmers Market, at Wood and Smith
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 1-Oct. 30

Park Forest Farmers Market, 271 Lakewood
7 a.m.-noon; May 1-Oct. 30

Park Ridge Farmers Market, 15 Prairie
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 29-Oct. 30

Printer's Row Farmers Market, at Dearborn and Polk
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 12-Oct. 16

Rowan Trees Farmers Market, at Englewood and Normal
8 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 1-Oct. 31

Southport Green Market, at Grace and Southport
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 12-Oct. 9

Tinley Park Farmers Market, at 173rd and Oak Park
7 a.m.-noon; June 5-Sept. 25

Wheaton French Market, at Liberty and Main
8 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 24-Nov. 6

Sundays

Beverly Farmers Market, at 95th and Longwood
7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 16-Oct. 24

Frankfort Country Market, 100 Kansas
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 25-Oct. 10

Glenwood Sunday Market, at Glenwood and Morse
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 6-Oct. 17

Independence Park Farmers Market, at Irving Park and Springfield
9 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 13-Oct. 10 (second and fourth Sundays only)

Logan Square Farmers Market, 3107 W. Logan
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; June-Oct.

Mt. Prospect Farmers Market, NW Hwy and Rte. 83
8 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 6-Oct. 17

Pilsen Farmers Market, at 18th and Halsted
9 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 13-Oct. 31

Portage Park Farmers Market at 4100 N. Long
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; June-Oct. (first and third Sundays)

Starr Park Sunday Market at Washington and Oakley
8 a.m.-2 p.m.; July-Oct.

Wicker Park/Bucktown Farmers Market, at Wicker Park along Damen
8 a.m.-2 p.m., June 6-Oct. 24

 

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