Green City Market Opens

May 12 2008 - 7:26 PM

Grab a recycled bag, Green City Market (GCM) opens Wednesday. Local farmers from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois flock to the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark Street and Stockton Drive to bring you fresh produce and specialty foods.

Starting May 14, every Wednesday and Saturday (7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) through October.

Lincoln Park grounds become a maze of white tents where chefs and
locals shop an enormous span of seasonal fruits and vegetables from
over 40 producers. But that’s not all. Thanks to the workshops offered
by GCM to increase the marketing tactics of farmers, prepared foods are
also available. One tomato farmer who received a grant from Fronterra’s
Rick Bayless now turns out Bloody Mary mix, salsas and jams. Other
growers offer fresh flowers, pies, chestnuts, cheese and crepes made on
the spot from local ingredients.

Whether you’re buying a tomato for a burger or herbs and rare mushrooms
for a gourmet omelet, smile on this market. Chefs from restaurants like
Blackbird, North Pond and NAHA frequent GCM to dignify your dinner.
Don’t miss demonstrations from local chefs that take place throughout
the season, inspiring even microwave junkies to cook creatively. If
you’re after grilling tips, July 17 marks the Chef’s Summer BBQ
Festival.

Stop by this Saturday, May 17 from noon to 1:30 to celebrate GCM’s
10-year anniversary with keynote speaker Maggie Daley. The largest
local, organic carrot cake is rumored to appear on stage. Time your
lunch accordingly.

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