Green City Market

Green City Market
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Green City Market showcases sustainable practices. From that first year in 1998 next to the Chicago Theatre to the present time, Green City Market has morphed into Chicago's most vital farmer's market that industry leader Alice Waters calls "the best sustainable market in the country."

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Green City's Featured Recipe
Artful Asparagus Salad

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Green City Market is a not for profit organization celebrating their 16th anniversary. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market values education about quality food and its source. They value farmers who take care of the land; the preservation of sustainably farmed land; a vibrant thriving community of local farms; and consumption of locally grown foods.

Green City Market's (GCM) incredible momentum comes from their broad base of support including conscientious and caring farmers and producers, consumers, chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary professionals. It also reflects Chicagoans' increasing concern for a more sustainable food system by improving the quality of food on their tables produced by local farmers using organic and sustainable practices that preserves the environment for future generations. GCM's support of these local artisan farmers and producers increases the density of fresh, high-quality, locally produced food in Chicago, and provides the basis for a regional cuisine.

After visiting European sustainable farmer's markets in 1998, Abby Mandel, chef, author and entrepreneur, returned to Chicago determined to create a similar market in her own city. Green City Market was her brainchild and began as a small startup with nine local farmers in the crosswalk next to the Chicago Theatre. The Market quickly outgrew the location and moved to the south end of Lincoln Park where it currently operates May - October. Four years ago, the Market continued to remain open November - December, first in the Lincoln Park Zoo and later moving to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Market experienced record crowds closing 2013 with 8,000 to 10,000 visitors each Saturday and 2,000 to 3,000 visitors on Wednesdays. From January - April, Green City Market operates in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum each Saturday. Weekly market attendance year round has increased steadily since April of 2009 when the market began opening throughout the winter as consumers continue to seek out and buy locally grown food directly from the farmers. Green City Market provides this opportunity year round.

Latest Recipes

Oyster Mushroom and Spring Onion Frittata

This is a very simple, easily customized dish. The recipe is special to me because it is the dish that got me over my mushroom hump. I ...

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Spring Vegetable Soup

This spring, shine the spotlight on in-season produce in a big way with this recipe for Spring Vegetable Soup. This hearty and satisfying soup from Chicago's famed Green City Market includes carrots, asparagus, and so many more vegetables that are ready to pick and eat in spring. Is this your first time making soup from scratch? You won't need to stress when you make this recipe. This tasty soup can be ready to eat in just a little bit of time. You and your family will love eating produce in season with this soup recipe.

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Artful Asparagus Salad

This is a simple and flavorful salad I love to make in the spring, when many Green City Market farmers have great-tasting asparagus. I love to shop for seasonal vegetables when cooking at home.

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Farmstand Strawberry Jam with Balsamic, Rosemary, and Mint

I was inspired to make this jam from Peter Kleins (Seedling Enterprises) wonderful strawberries. I have used this jam as filling in an u...

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Peach and Tomato Panzanella Salad

At Purple Asparagus, a nonprofit organization that educates children, families, and the community about healthful, sustainable food, we t...

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Maple-Glazed Breakfast Bread

This hearty breakfast bread is a wonderful combination of sweet and savory. The bacon adds richness enhanced by the Cheddar cheese and ba...

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Roast Leg of Lamb in Garlic-Mint Marinade with Pea Shoot Salad

My mother, Helen, roasted a leg of lamb some Sundays for supper following church. She always put so much care and attention into her cook...

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Creamy Corn Bisque with Corn Fritters

My zeal for corn takes me home to the state of Iowa. I can recall the days of our state fair as a child, holding a hot, buttery ear of sw...

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Tart Cherry Pecan Crisp

Tart cherry pie is one of my favorite desserts, but making and rolling out the crust is time consuming, so this easy crisp is a good subs...

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Not Your Aunt Ruthie’s Brisket

Green City Market was one of the first places Jason Hammel and Amalea Tshilds took me when I first moved to Chicago and started working a...

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