Eating Local in Chicago This Winter

With the outdoor farmer’s market season wrapped up, that typically means Chicagoans must put eating food produced locally on hold until next year. Not so anymore. We have not one but two options for finding local goods:

culinary_par_9748_image_0_0_11. Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand is located just off Michigan Avenue in the Loop on Randolph Street. All the food available is produced within 250 miles of Chicago. It will close in mid-December and will reopen in the Spring with even more offerings.

I stopped in the other day to check it out for myself. It’s a cute space which I have heard will be expanding when it reopens in the Spring. You can purchase a variety of local produce, spices, preserves, and coffee (beans and fresh brewed). The store offers cooking demonstrations during the Noon hour and recipes are available online. When in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and support this healthy, green effort by our great city, even if it’s only for a hot cup of joe.

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2. The Green City Market located at La Salle and Stockton Drive in the Summer has moved in doors this Fall and will be open year round. It’s late Fall and Winter location is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 Cannon Drive) in Lincoln Park. In addition to selling local food, this farmer’s market offers chef demos, speakers, and other special events. Sign up for its newsletter to learn about events in advance.

The Spring and Summer farmer’s markets around the city are wonderful. I am already longing for the Michigan Honey Crisp apples I will find next year in late Summer. But until then, I will have to frequent the Downtown Farmstand and the Green City Market. For more information on all of the city and neighborhood farmer’s market, visit Chicago Farmer’s Markets.

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