Going Green 101 – City Farm

If you loved our blog post about the Farmers Markets in the city – you’ll love City Farm. City Farm is an organization that turns vacant land into productive farmland, creating jobs, green space and fresh produce right here in Chicago. City Farm currently has two locations with one currently being constructed! The locations are at 1204 N. Clybourn and at W 57th Place and S Perry.
City Farm grows produce that is sold to restaurants (a list of restaurants is available on the City Farm website at www.cityfarmchicago.org) as well as at farm stands and farmers markets throughout the city. It is just another way to get fresh, sustainable and LOCAL produce in the city of Chicago.

The greenest restaurant in the world


If you’re not into cooking for yourself, rest assured, there are plenty of other ways you can eat locally and sustainably. The City of Chicago offers an abundance of restaurants that either use food from city farm, or other local farms in Illinois. One restaurant is Browntrout. Located at 4111 N. Lincoln, Browntrout’s philosophy is to use local produce, pasture raised meats and to support the local economy as much as possible. Did we mention they have half off bottles of wine on Sundays? Another restaurant is Uncommon Ground located at 3800 N. Clark. Uncommon Ground is certified by the Green Restaurant Association and is the winner of the 2010 and 2011 Governor’s Sustainability Award. They also have the country’s first certified organic roof top farm. The Green Restaurant Association named Uncommon Ground “the greenest restaurant in the world” in 2013.

Living in the city doesn’t have to mean that your food travels thousands of miles to reach you. By making informed, healthy decisions about where you buy your food and eat out you can make a positive impact on the environment and support local Chicago farmers and merchants.

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