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Best Winter Farmers Markets in Chicago

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Green City Market - The mother of farmers markets in Chicago now stays open year-round. Whereas the summer market takes place on the southern tip of Lincoln Park, the winter market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The market is scaled-down and occurs less frequently in the winter, but the chef demos continue. (2430 N Cannon Dr; Wed & Sat in Dec, every second Sat Jan - April, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

The Empty Bottle - The Ukrainian Village music venue and bar has announced that it will host its first-ever farmers market later this month. Twelve vendors have already been set for the December market, including Videnovich Farms, Tomato Mountain Farm and Earth First Farms. Dates and vendors haven't been set for the rest of the winter, but according to the website, they plan to make it a monthly occurrence. (1035 N Western Ave; Dec 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Irving Park Lutheran Church - The religious group Faith in Place is partnering with the Churches' Center for Land and People to sponsor a handful of winter farmers markets at Chicago area churches. Vendors haven't been announced, but Faith in Place promises local produce, meat and honey. (3938 W Belle Plaine Ave; Jan 24, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

United Church of Rogers Park - Faith in Place's February market will head east to Rogers Park. (1545 W Morse Ave; Feb 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Chicago Botanic Garden - Despite the name, the botanic garden is actually located in the North Shore suburb of Glencoe, and it hosts an indoor farmers market during the first half of the winter. Vendors include Windy City Harvest, Faith's Farm, River Valley Ranch, and Made from Mud. (1000 Lake Cook Rd; Dec 20 & Jan 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Green Grocer Chicago - Although it doesn't technically qualify as a farmers market, the West Town storefront grocery boasts a bountiful farm stand that features local (greenhouse-grown) herbs and veggies throughout the winter, as well as other local foods and products. (1402 W Grand Ave)

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Jen said:

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The new French Market inside of the Metra train station on Clinton also has lots of local produce, Chicago vendors selling various goods like soaps, sweets, etc, as well as a few interesting restaurants and even a raw restaurant coming soon. There's also a tasty little coffee shop. Super convenient for a quick lunch or grabbing a few veggies or necessities for dinner on the way home from work.

MarkBoyer said:

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Thanks, Jen. I haven't made it to the French market yet, but I'm really excited about it. I didn't include it on the list, because it doesn't technically qualify as a farmers market, but it sounds like a great option for fresh vegetables and other groceries. Any other recommendations?

Attrill said:

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Not sure if you left it out intentionally, but the Logan Square Farmer's Market is open through the winter at the Congress Theater. It's on Sundays 10-3.

MarkBoyer said:

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I didn't know about that one, and certainly didn't leave it out on purpose. Thanks for the info!

Any others?

Localbeet said:

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Hey at the Local Beet, picking a favorite market is liking picking which is our favorite child. We do have a nice complete list of area markets that we update weekly. We also keep you abreast of what's in season, even in the darkest days. http://www.thelocalbeet.com/2009/12/17/winter-market-like-a-rock-star-with-this-local-calendar/

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