One of the best things about Summer in Chicago is the reemergence of the many farmers’ markets around the city. Lucky for you, if you live in a Planned Property Management building, you most likely live within walking distance of fresh, local produce. Maybe one of the most important green initiatives is eating local. On average, processed food in the United States travels over 1300 miles before it ends up on your table. For one thing, the amount of fuel that requires is just ridiculous. Second, how fresh can your food really be after traveling 1300 miles? It is understandable that once in a while picking up a tomato at the grocery store is convenient, but making a habit of purchasing your produce from the Farmers Markets around the city can really make a difference in the impact you have on the environment as well as your health.
Maybe the most well-known and largest farmers’ market in the city is the Green City Market, located at the south end of Lincoln Park, directly across the street from the Hotel Lincoln. The market is open from 7am to 1pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through October. Most people are unaware that Green City Market is actually a year round market. November through April it takes place Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park).
Although the Green City Market is one of the best in Chicago, there are markets available almost every day, in every neighborhood. Those close to some of Planned Property Management’s buildings are the Division Street Market located at Division and Dearborn every Saturday from 7am to 1pm and runs from May through October. The Lincoln Park Market located at Armitage and Orchard (in the Lincoln Park High School Parking Lot) every Saturday from 7am to 1pm and runs May through October.
Newer to the city are night markets, which take place weekly and include live performances and arts and crafts. There are two night markets: the Logan Square market at Palmer Park at Kedzie and Palmer which is weekly from 5-9pm and the Argyle Market at Argyle and Broadway which is weekly from 5-9pm. Both night markets run from June through September.
If you live in a Planned Property Management building you have plenty of options for getting fresh produce from a farmers market. Even if you’re not into cooking and would rather eat out, the farmers markets of Chicago are not to be missed – many vendors are on hand at each market selling everything from donuts to crepes to pizza to baked goods. Eating fresh and local doesn’t have to just be about fresh produce. Any contribution you make to an effort of eating fresh and local is a step toward living a greener lifestyle.