Take Your Pick of Fresh Produce in the City and the Suburbs

Memorial Day has come and gone, Father's Day is just around the corner, and the summer grilling season has officially begun. Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten free and are abundant this time of year. Local farmers are showcasing their produce at pick-your-own farms and local farmers markets throughout Chicagoland.

Our community opened its much anticipated Farmers Market for the first
time last Sunday, and needless to say, we went a little overboard. We
ended up with fresh rhubarb, radishes, baby potatoes, asparagus,
tomatoes, fresh lettuces, homemade salsa and jams, and a whole frozen
chicken. Even more vendors are expected next week. This could be

There is virtually a farmers market every day of the week in the city of
Chicago. The city's official tourism website, Explore Chicago, has a great listing of farmers markets each day of the week to get you started. For suburbanites like me, TribLocal offers great listings of farmers markets for southern, western, northern, and northwest suburbs.

In addition to these markets, farms in outlying counties surrounding Chicagoland are also ripe with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries arriving soon. Come fall, apples and pumpkins will be available for picking. McCann Berry Farm (Woodstock, IL) and Stade's Farm and Market (McHenry, IL) are offering strawberries in the next two weeks.

So, leave your cubicle for a long lunch break or take a day trip from the city out to one of these suburban gems and pick something fresh for lunch or dinner.

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