Spring is here and you can partake of the Earth’s bounty at one of over 50 different farmers markets scattered from Edison Park to Woodlawn. It’s a remarkable time in Chicago and a wonderful time to pick up items from cherry orchards in Michigan to cheeses crafted in southern Wisconsin.
The 2015 farmers market season features a number of new markets in the South Loop and Bronzeville, along with stalwarts like the Green City Market in Lincoln Park and the Daley Plaza market, which is the longest running market in Chicago.
The kickoff event for the season happens this Thursday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Daley Plaza. The winner of the 8th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest will be announced and there will be a special set of dignitaries in attendance. Of course, the fun continues until October as the markets welcome different fruits, vegetables and other delicious items depending on the season.
If I were you, I’d make sure and check out the Daley Plaza Market (pictured at top), the vast and sprawling Green City Market in Lincoln Park, and the hidden gem that is the 61st Street Farmers Market in Woodlawn. The 61st Street market has a great community vibe and it’s close to Hyde Park, so you can walk across the nearby Midway Plaisance to visit the Oriental Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry, or even take one of the Taste Hyde Park tours.
Happy market-ing and enjoy your explorations!