To Market with Mo: the final countdown

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's the end of March and I am now in serious 'final countdown' mode (dang, now I can't get that 80's anthem out of my head). For what? Outdoor Farmers Market season in Chicago! Only a few more indoor winter markets to go: Green City this Saturday, March 27 and two in April on the 10th and 24th. This Sunday, March 28th is the last indoor Logan Square Market for the season. Portage Park Indoor Market will happen this Saturday, March 27th and then on April 24th. And that's all until Green City kicks off the outdoor season on Wednesday, May 12th -- oh yeah, you can bet I will be there, and bright and early to boot. Ok, so on April 25th I will really be in final countdown mode, don't get me on the technicality. And anyone who knows me knows that 'countdown' really starts in early November, after the last outdoor market closes for the season.

Trust me, I so, so, so appreciate our area indoor markets, but there is something about shopping for farm fresh fruits and veg, and meats and cheeses (and let us not forget our local baked goods and artisanal food products) out in the open air. Somehow everything seems that much fresher...or so I like to think to myself. Nothing like getting to the market first thing in the morning braving elements, whether gorgeous and sunny, or cold and rainy, to get your pick of the fresh picked. Seriously great way to start the day. You laugh. Try it, you just might like it.

Get in 'count down' mode with me, and head out to the final indoor markets, for a last stock up of micro greens, root veg, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, apples (yep, and so good), grains, milk, eggs, yoghurt, meats, honey, maple syrup, preserves, ice cream (not kidding), cheese and of course baked goods before outdoor market season begins:

Green City Indoor Market March 27, April 10 and April 24

Portage Park Indoor Market March 27 and April 24

Logan Square Indoor Market March 28 (last indoor mkt for the season)

Empty Bottle Farmers Market no April date. May TBD

See you at the markets!
P.S. am I missing any markets? If so let me know, email me at

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