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Green City Market Takes it Outdoors Today

Sure sign of summer: Chicago's farmers' market opens in Lincoln Park

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    Green City Market Takes it Outdoors Today
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    Kids just love fresh veggies.

    While we love the fact that the Green City Market has gone year 'round with indoor events during the fall and winter at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, it's the outdoor version that really gets us going. Today, the Green City Market will be outside for the first time in '09, opening bright and early from 7AM until 1PM.

    Chicago's Green City Market, which was named among the nation's top 10 farmers' markets by no less than green cuisine queen Alice Waters herself, garners more and more attention each year as the city explores the importance of a more sustainable food system. A must-stop for Chicago chefs, restaurateurs, foodies and other consumers, the market  features an abundance of local, sustainable and certified organic products from more than 45 farmers from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The official season kick-off will take place on Saturday, May 9 with a celebration at 9AM and a "Savor the Seasons" tasting event featuring lettuce. 

    Big plans for the 11th season of the Green City Market have been announced, including new projects such as the "H&H Program," which will highlight both heirloom (fruit and vegetables) and heritage (meat) products, and ethnic festivals that will showcase the cultures of France, India/Asia and Mexico throughout the summer. These programs will join popular Green City Market initiatives like ongoing chef demonstrations, educational children's programs and the "Localvore Challenge." The annual Chef BBQ is another much-anticipated annual event, which will be held on Thursday, July 16. Tickets ($60 per person) go on sale for the event today and can be purchased at the information table at today's market, by clicking on the Green City Market Web site or through Spice House retail locations or Web site.

    If you're not familiar with the Green City Market, it's situated at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark Street and Stockton Drive. It will be open every Wednesday and Saturday (with the exception of July 4) from 7AM until 1PM through Oct. 31 before moving back indoors for the months of November through April.