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dancingpig Aug 11, 2008 05:55 PM

So I live in Florida, where the vegetables totally stink right now. My sister is flying down in a couple weeks and I'm wonderin if there are any farmers markets downtown during the week? Mostly interested in heirloom tomatoes....any ideas?

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    LabRat RE: dancingpig Aug 11, 2008 06:37 PM

    There are two downtown markets open on Tuesday and two others open on Thursday. Locations and times are here....

    http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/we...

    I have not been to any of the downtown markets so I can't say what their tomato selection is like, but the Green City Market in Lincoln Park on Wednesdays (an Saturdays) usually has a decent selection.

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      masha RE: LabRat Aug 11, 2008 06:47 PM

      I was at the farmers' market at the Daley Center last Thursday and the tomato selection appeared ample. Can't say if any were "heirloom" as tomatoes were not on my list that day, so I did not look closely.

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        sleopold RE: LabRat Aug 12, 2008 01:20 PM

        I love the Green City Market...try it out! YUMMY

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          chicgail RE: sleopold Aug 13, 2008 07:49 AM

          Me too!

          I was just there -- bought striped beets, arugula, white peaches, French green beans, and more -- and I ran into Stephanie Izzard, Top Chef winner, who was also shopping.

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        sis2catbat RE: dancingpig Aug 12, 2008 09:15 AM

        There's a farmer's market at Federal Plaza on Tuesday, and I saw heirloom tomatoes at the Daley Center on Thursday, although not a huge selection. As you can imagine, the selection does increase in the next month or so.

        1. delk RE: dancingpig Aug 12, 2008 02:21 PM

          Well, I work across the street from the Tuesday, Federal Plaza Farmer's Market (Dearborn between Jackson and Adams, btw).

          Today, Tuesday August 12, peaches seemed like the big item. There were tomatoes at a few stands but I really didn't pay that close attention.

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            Pete Oldtown RE: dancingpig Aug 12, 2008 11:24 PM

            The best IMHO is

            City Farm The organic farmers at this urban training project use recycled materials and land leased from the city, selling only what they grow on-site. Offerings include more than 30 varieties of heirloom, paste, roasting, cherry, and red slicing tomatoes. Arrow 6/5-10/25, 3-6 PM, 1240 N. Clybourn,

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              Fry RE: dancingpig Aug 14, 2008 07:38 PM

              Full schedule from TOC:

              http://www.timeout.com/chicago/articl...

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                dancingpig RE: dancingpig Aug 15, 2008 06:26 AM

                Thanks for the replys. So does anyone have any extra special super fantastic items they get at the Green City Market? I'm thinking about a few other things I might have my sister pick up.

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                  chicgail RE: dancingpig Aug 15, 2008 08:33 AM

                  The produce that's there is dependent on the week, of course, but here are some ideas for other items.

                  Farm-fresh dairy. I got a pint of heavy cream and made butter/buttermilk and a pint of yogurt (very thin) and made cold avocado/cucumber soup with it.

                  Good bakery breads at Bennison's.

                  There's a supplier who sells spring lamb (expensive but tender and delicious).

                  We always go early in the morning at get a slice of quiche or fruity bread pudding for breakfast from a French-style baker there.

                  Farm-fresh eggs are only there on Saturdays :>(.

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