I could not have planned a better Saturday morning – it was a warm sunny Spring day in Chicago, the tulips were blooming, and it was opening day at the outdoor Green City Market! Out in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, under the shade of budding trees and vendor tents, I found myself oohing and awing over the market’s produce selections, hoping to spot some regional specialties.
No matter the city, big or small, I try to make a special trip to the local farmers market. Sometimes it doesn’t work with our travel schedule or the seasonability of the market varies, but if the market is happening and we are in the area, I try to plan a visit. I truly believe you haven’t really explored a city until you visit their farmers market. For this Chicago trip, I was so happy that the stars aligned and we were able to experience the first outdoor market of the season. Getting a glimpse of the Green City Market’s specialty produce items, unique crops, and seasonal favorites was so exciting!
The Green City Market’s Spring selection was full of ramps, green onion, garlic, and leeks. Almost every produce booth had some kind of onion in all sizes and vibrant colors. I also spotted so many fresh bunches of tulips and other bloom bouquets. There was so much Spring in the air, I couldn’t get enough!
There were quite a few food vendors but the mobil fire burning pizza oven caught my eye. Serving up restaurant quality pizzas from a mobil station on the lawn was so impressive that a crowd was forming just to watch the pizzas sizzle. We also spotted dried corn on the cob, where you are supposed to cook the whole corn and popcorn is made right from the kernel! I never knew you could make popcorn from a whole dried corn and we debated buying a few to take home with us to try. We
It was the perfect opening day for the Green City Market! The weather was so beautiful, the vendors had an amazing selection, and the trees and flowers were in full bloom. It was such a magical morning! After exploring the market we walked through the neighborhoods on North State Parkway in search of our next adventure – deep dish pizza!
Do you also visit farmers markets when you travel? I know I am not alone! If you are in the Chicago area, the Green City Market is a fun one to check out.