Farmers Markets: The Last Gasps of Summer

As the days get shorter, and it's decidedly and depressingly darker when we leave work for the day, there's still one remnant of summer that we can cling to through the end of October. Farmers markets!  Many of the neighborhood markets continue through the end of October, peddling fresh, locally-grown produce, flowers and baked goods.  The popular ChicagoGreen City Market will actually be open year-round, moving from the south end of Lincoln Park to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Nov. 1 through Dec. 20. Jan. 3-April 13, the market will take place on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  So there really is no excuse for serving those tired, pale frozen vegetables at your winter dinner parties; the good seasonal stuff is available for purchase if you can haul yourself out of bed on Saturday mornings to buy it.

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