The first of Chicago's farmer's market openings are less than a week away and we can hardly contain our excitement. It's been a long, cold winter and we're practically giddy thinking about all the asparagus, rhubarb and green garlic that will be filling up our kitchen very soon.
The Green City Market in Lincoln Park – a favorite of local chefs and home cooks alike – opens Wednesday, May 14. On Saturday, May 17, the Green City Market will hold a rally for sustainable local farming that will also honor its 10th anniversary. TV journalist and founder of Tallgrass Beef Bill Kurtis will serve as master of ceremonies alongside chef representative .
Two downtown markets also open next week. The Federal Plaza market opens Tuesday, May 13, and the Daley Plaza market opens Thursday, May 15.
Most of the neighborhood markets don't officially open until June, although the Nettlehorst French Market in east Lakeview (Broadway and Melrose) has been open for several weeks. Soon, there will enough markets open to shop a different one every day of the week. We recommend visiting as many as possible.
What's your favorite Chicago market?
Related: Farmer's Market Report: Rhône-Alpes, France
Regional Farmer's Market Report: Baltimore, Maryland
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