Warm Weather = Farmer’s Markets SeasonMay 10, 2016
It’s Starting to Warm Up Outside
The weather is warming up in Chicago and often times us city folk forget that the warm rural areas of Illinois are reaching a bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables! The Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market is the longest running market in Chicago and runs from May 12th – October 27th on Thursdays!
About now the Asparagus, Lettuce, Peas, Spinach, Strawberries and maybe even some Brussels Sprouts are ripe and ready to eat. If the freshness of Farmer’s Markets fruits and vegetables doesn’t entice you enough, what other benefits are there?
Purchasing local produce supports your local famers and your local economy and community flourish. It’s also great for the environment to support food that does not require as much transportation or “the path to your plate is shorter”. Sometimes when we buy fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, they travel hundreds of miles to our homes! The freshest produce at a Farmer’s Market is guaranteed to be full of nutrients like antioxidants and phytonutrients! They maybe twill even taste better and you might like to try new kinds! Since the farms are local and have high supply during peak season, it can be a cheaper way to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies! Also, your kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they helped pick them out or prepare them!
Check out this link to find one near you or to visit some of the largest markets in the Chicagoland area!