More and more people are interested in buying locally, and you can’t get much more local than at farmers markets. The South Loop in downtown Chicago is fortunate enough to host two markets during the warmer months of the year, giving you both morning and evening options for your locally sourced shopping.
The Printers Row Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Dearborn and Polk, is open on Saturday mornings from late June through the end of October. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can begin your weekend browsing the stalls. While it is the smaller of the two markets in this neighborhood, you can still get some fresh bread and artisanal cheeses to go with your seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
At the South Loop Farmers Market you can shop for your fresh produce after work. It’s one of the few farmers markets in the city that’s open in the evenings, giving you a chance to shop for your dinner on the way home. Open from mid-June through October, local producers set up at 2nd Presbyterian at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. The church itself is a National Historic Landmark, and with live music and children’s activities the market becomes a destination whether you need to do any shopping or not. You most likely will find something you like, though, as there is a broad range of vendors at this market. Whether it’s ripe tomatoes, fresh sage, raw honey, or cage-free eggs, you’ll find a farmer that’s brought it to this market.
Because the vendors at these markets are the farmers and the producers, they know their products better than anyone. If you see something that’s unfamiliar to you, be sure to ask them what it is. They’ll be able to provide recommendations for preparation as well as other items that would pair well.
Knowing where your produce is grown and purchasing from the farmers themselves is becoming an important consideration to many urban residents. When you shop at a farmers market in the South Loop, your dinner is farm to your table.