(Local) Food for Thought

Still Life with Winter Vista by Iain Baxter (1996)

Yesterday I saw a picture of this artwork in a magazine advertisement.

My first thought, “that doesn’t seem right.”

My second thought, “it’s no different from eating a banana in Chicago.”


Technically Baxter’s picture could have been taken on Lake Michigan. It gives the “eating local” movement perspective even if that wasn’t Baxter’s intention. That’s what art is about.

It’s not likely I will give up fruit in the middle of winter, but I’m willing to explore the food that is available locally during the winter months. The outdoor farmer’s markets in Chicago have closed up shop for the season, but a few move inside during the winter. Three Chicago markets stay open year round. Find a winter market near you on the Local Harvest website.

Chicago Winter Markets

  1. Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand is located just off Michigan Avenue in the Loop on Randolph Street. It’s open year round (Monday-Saturday) and all the food is produced within 250 miles of Chicago.
  2. Green City Market in Lincoln Park goes indoor for the winter beginning November 5, 2011.
  3. Glenwood Sunday Winter Market in Rogers Park opens up on select Sundays through fall and winter beginning November 13, 2011.

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