Chicago’s Green City Market

This past Saturday I made my first venture to Chicago’s Green City Market, held twice a week in Lincoln Park during the summer. My work schedule usually keeps me from visiting the city’s largest farmer’s market, but you’re in luck because this week, I’m on vacation.

This farmer’s market is massive and I had to do a once around first before I did any buying. Rather than describe my experience, I’ll let my photos do the talking.

These mushrooms from River Valley Ranch were strikingly beautiful. The oyster mushrooms had wide, white petals that were velvety soft. I snagged a 1lb bag for $10 and went home to make some succulent mushroom toasts, which I will include in a future post.

A sampling of my haul from the market. Including: a giant bag of opal basil for $3, pint of blueberries, Wisconsin peaches, purple shallots, purple kale, swiss chard, purple carrots, heirloom peppers, heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms and burgundy okra.
What’s that you say? Never seen burgundy okra?
Have a closer look:

These okra are so pretty I want to wear them on a necklace. Instead, I think I’ll make some refrigerator pickles with them.

And the peppers. How am I going to eat these peppers? They are so gorgeous I want to lacquer and display them.

I really wish I could make it out to the market every week. Unfortunately I live a good forty five minutes away. If you are ever visiting Chicago in the summer, you really should visit the Green City Market, and support Midwest farmers.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the delicious foodstuffs I plan to cook up with all this fresh, beautiful produce.