All over the city, chefs and bartenders are using farm-fresh ingredients to make your meals and shake up your cocktails. Just check out chef Christian Ragano’s menu at Cindy’s. He can’t get enough of the spring produce like English peas, asparagus and lettuces. And we love what Nandini Khaund, Cindy’s spirit guide, does with local produce in her drinks. But if you want to step outside and get your own fruits and vegetables, you’d be remiss not to check out Chicago’s fantastic farmers markets. Farms set up all over the city every day of the week. So whether you want to hit the Loop, Lincoln Park or Lincoln Square, you can fill your cloth sack with a beautiful bounty. Check out some of the top markets around the city:
Daley Plaza Farmers Market
Where: 50 W. Washington
When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 27
Green City Market
Where: Lincoln Park where Clark Street and Lincoln Avenue meet
When: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday
Printers Row Farmers Market
Where: Polk and Dearborn streets
When: Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (starts June 25)
Lincoln Square Farmers Market
Where: The parking lot next to the CTA Brown Line at Lincoln and Leland avenues
When: Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Andersonville Farmers Market
Where: Berwyn Avenue between Clark and Ashland
When: Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hyde Park Farmers Market
Where: 5300 S. Harper
When: Thursdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Logan Square Farmers Market
Where: Logan Blvd between Milwaukee and Whipple
When: Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.