Chicago has a food industry that can hold its own against the likes of New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. With world class chefs and amateur foodies alike creating fine cuisine, its no wonder that the farmer’s markets are a popular summer hangout. Finding those locally grown or organic ingredients in the harsh Chicago winters, however, can be a challenge. If you look hard enough, you can find great places to go to stock your restaurant or pantry.
The Green City Market is one of the most popular markets in Chicago. Located at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, it moves inside the museum for the winter months to provide its amazing array of products. The Green CIty Market is a non-profit organization that not only provides locally grown foods for purchase, but it also provides a wide array of programs, including cooking demonstrations and educational classes for kids. Through the winter months, the market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Logan Square Farmer’s Market is located inside the Congress Theater from November to March. This market has been around since 2005, and in an effort to make locally grown, healthy foods available to everyone, the market now accepts food stamps. The market is open on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens offer a winter farmer’s market just outside of the city in suburban Glencoe. Open Sundays in November in December, the market boasts a wide array of goods. There are organic lip balms, salsas, cheeses, baked goods, and of course, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The market is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is not open every Sunday, so be sure to check their calendar on their website.
These are not the only farmer’s markets that are open in the winter. Many neighborhoods have markets organized throughout the winter that are just one day long. Another great way to find these markets is to check out the chamber of commerce websites for neighborhoods near you. You can find links to churches and other organizations that may have specific fundraisers that are similar to farmers markets. Just because the ground is covered in snow doesn’t mean that you can’t find great, locally-grown treats in Chicago during the winter!