The Chicago area is home to a wide variety of farmers, markets, and co-ops using slow food practices to create a landscape of sustainable, equitable, and pleasurable food.
There are hundreds of farmers markets throughout the greater Chicago area from May through November, and a few that are year-round These are just a few of the farmers markets that feature organic produce:
Green City Market (year-round; in Lincoln Park, Chicago)
Oak Park Farmers Market (Lake and Elmwood)
Logan Square Farmers Market (year-round; Logan and Milwaukee)
Evanston Farmers Market (Maple and University, behind the Hilton Garden Inn)
City Farm (Clybourn and Division)
City of Chicago Farmers Markets (throughout the city)
Geneva Green Market (75 N. River Lane, in Geneva, IL)
61st St Farmer’s Market (through December; 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone)
Back of the Yards Farmers Market at The Plant (first Saturdays, October-May)
Here are some resources for finding farmers markets:
CSAs are a great way to keep a continuous supply local food in your home. In exchange for an upfront payment to a grower, CSA participants receive shares of the produce or meat produced during the season. CSAs can be very cost-effective and benefit both both grower and consumer. Here are some guides to finding your perfect CSA:
Markets and Co-Ops
The Market and Co-Op scene in Chicago is booming! Here are a few that we work with regularly and who stock slow producers.
- Local Foods - Bucktown
- Dill Pickle Food Co-op - Logan Square
- Sugar Beet Food Co-Op - Oak Park (check out our profile of Cheryl Munoz here.)
Our Blog has Awesome Articles Related to Eating Slow! Read the following:
Check out the full list of farmers and producers we worked with on the 2015 Farm Roast!
Gorgeous header photo by Eva Deitch