Looking to get a taste of the summer season? Get all the fresh fruit and vegetables you could ever want by visiting one of the many Chicago Farmers Markets all around the city this summer.
There is a farmers market open daily from May to October and they all feature a variety of fresh, healthy and local products.
On Mondays is the Loyola University Chicago Farmers Market on Sheridan Road. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., shoppers can find the best produce the university has to offer. Stock up on fresh ingredients for the rest of the week.
Tuesday features three new farmers markets in addition to four that were operating last year. Check out the Gary Comer Youth Center Farm Stand on S. Chicago Ave. from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or stay out later and go to the Columbus Park Farmers Market at the corner of Harrison Street and Central Avenue from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The farmers market scene really heats up on Wednesdays with 13 different locations all over Chicago. Some start early in the morning like Green City Market, which is open at 7 a.m. on North Clark Street. Alternatively, if you need to wait until later in the day, the Ravenswood Farmers Market on Damen Avenue and the Andersonville Farmers Market on West Berwyn Avenue are open until 8 p.m.
Thursday also has many farmers markets to choose from, however one stands above the rest. The Daley Plaza Downtown Market is the longest running farmers market in Chicago. With its downtown Chicago location, the opening of the market always signals the start of the summer season. Located at 50 W. Washington St., the market is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Two farmers markets are open on Friday:. the Community Farmers Market and IMAN Fresh Beats and Eats Farmers Market. The Community Farmers Market operates year-round from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at on W. 51 St., so fresh produce is available no matter the season. IMAN Fresh Beats and Eats Farmers Market merges fresh food with fun entertainment from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m at W. 63rd Street.
Saturday is one of the best days to shop at a farmers market with over 20 different options popping up throughout the day, there is something for everyone. Many are city-sponsored markets where patrons can receive a commemorative 2016 Chicago Farmers Market reusable shopping bag to conveniently carry your amazing finds!
Sunday also has several markets to choose from such as the Bronzeville Community Market at Mercy Hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spending an afternoon shopping for tasty food is a great way to make Sunday a fun-day.
Since these farmers markets are held all over, visiting them is a great way to explore the city. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find your next new home right across the street from your favorite farmers market.
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