Fall farmers markets aren’t always as abundant as the more frequent summer spreads, but the search for fall treats is well worth the reward. Rake in hearty produce and goods that will remind you that an oversized knit sweater, a warm drink, close company and a fresh take on comfort foods are what you have been looking forward to all year.
Leave no stand un-perused at the best of the Chicago area farmers’ markets this fall.
Downtown: Perhaps the most unique of the Chicagoland area farmers’ markets are those found in the heart of urban chaos. Check out the rural imports among urban surroundings at the Federal Plaza, Daley Plaza and Willis Tower Plaza farmers markets. The dates for these downtown markets extend into fall, occurring early morning to early afternoon on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – respectively.
Chicago neighborhoods: Outside of the loop, farmers markets continue into October. Lincoln Park’s Green City Market, the Wicker Park Bucktown Farmers Market and the Beverly Farmers Market, to name only a few, host farmers markets every weekend through the end of October. These markets boast a variety of offerings of fruits, veggies, dairies, flowers and even booze or chef demonstrations on occasion. Click here for a full list.
Suburbs: Generally more spacious, but with an equally desirable selection of fresh goods, Chicago’s urban markets are foodie and family friendly. Many of the fall markets even include activities for children. The Grayslake Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., is sprinkled with kid-friendly, costumed characters and various activity stations. Additionally, Evanston’s farmers market extends a bit further into the first week of November and is one of the largest in the metropolitan area. The Evanston Farmers Market, Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., is upgraded from the average with live music, varied cooking demos and the coveted apple pie contest.
Do your duty to decrease your carbon footprint, support local farmers, eat healthily and enjoy grocery shopping at Chicago’s urban and suburban fall farmers markets.