Last week, Chicago's Downtown Farmstand opened its doors at 66 E. Randolph. We stopped by yesterday to check it out.country farmstands. This urban farmstand is really a small storefront, and what it lacks in bargain prices, it makes up for in convenience for busy Loop workers. The farmstand is open five days a week through mid-December and offers a variety of locally grown produce and locally produced goods. We were told by an enthusiastic greeter that all the products come from within 250 miles, but we're guessing the regulations aren't as strict as, say, the Green City Market.
Among the all-local produce and products, there were ready-to-cook pizzas from Lou Malnati's in the freezer case and jars of spices from the Spice House on the shelves. Locally produced? Yes. Local ingredients? Not likely. Still tasty? You bet.joys of local artisinal products this month, and Chicago's Downtown Farmstand is a great place to find these gems. Like a bag of Pasta Puttana from saucy pastamaker Jessica Volpe or a jar of Rooftop Honey made by the bees in City Hall's rooftop garden. Maybe some chestnuts or chestnut flour from Hillside Orchards, Black Turtle Beans from Three Sisters Garden or a cheese from Hidden Springs Creamery.
The farmstand is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Chicago's Downtown Farmstand
- Time Out Chicago: The Pasta Puttana
- Hillside Orchards
- Hidden Springs Creamery
- New City Chicago: The Story Behind Chicago's "Rooftop Honey"
(Images: Joanna Miller)