A Blustery Last Farmer’s Market for 2007

There seems to be a near-permanent cloud cover over Chicago lately, and a light drizzle has been falling all day. I’m disappointed that’s it not cold enough out to turn into flurries, but there will be time enough for that this year. We woke up early this morning so that we could go to the last market of the season- a bonus Winter Market that was offered for the first time this year. About a third of the usual vendors were there, and the stalls were over-flowing with cold-weather goodies- bushels of apples, potatoes, garlic, kales, winter squashes, beets, turnips, leeks and pears. There were a few odds and ends as well- the last green peppers, green tomatoes, shallots, cold-hardy lettuce, popcorn, grapes, and what not. There was also a bake sale and a handful of craft vendors, as well as a farmer offering wreaths, swags, and dried flowers. We stocked up for Thanksgiving- Russian Black kale and Kennebec potatoes from Green Acres, and Georgia Jet sweet potatoes from Henry’s. We also picked up some Parmex carrots and fresh dill from Green Acres, as well as some Empire apples from Nichols for eating this week. And of course, we were excited to pick up our Bourbon Red Turkey from Caveny Farm today as well. So, it was a bittersweet end to the season this year- it was great to experience the market for one last time this year and support our local farmers directly. But it’s going to be a long winter- 6 months more until we’re at it again! But as they say, to everything there is a season…

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