Thought farmers markets went into hibernation for the winter? Think again. Come cold or snow, you can still shop for local, fresh goods and give your kids a taste of the green scene. Click through our album to find indoor farmstands, including favorites like Green City Market and Logan Square Market. What you’ll miss in sunshine you’ll make up for in warm-fuzzies knowing you’re eating healthy and supporting area vendors and growers. Grab your baskets and go!
For Foodies & Chef Fans: Green City Market
Chicago’s big-daddy farmers market draws large crowds year-round. For the colder months, the market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, just a stone’s throw from its usual stomping ground in Lincoln Park. The market takes place every other Saturday through Apr. 29 until the outdoor market returns in the spring. Chicago’s top-tier chefs host cooking demonstrations using in-season ingredients (look for Rick Bayliss April 1). Plus, a who’s-who of Midwestern vendors come from near and far, so expect produce purveyors, cheese slingers, bakeries, pasta-makers, meat mavens, a honey co-op and lots more.
Kid Tip: Check out the Club Sprouts events, at which little connoisseurs are encouraged to take part in tastings and learn more about their local food.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park (773-880-1266). Get the schedule online at greencitymarket.org.
May-Oct., Wed. & Sat., 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Between Clark and Stockton Dr., Lincoln Park
Jun.-Oct., Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St., West Loop
Photo: Green City Market Facebook page
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— Amy Bizzarri & Matt Kirouac