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Need A Farmer's Market Fix? Check Out Two Winter Markets on Sunday

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jan 6, 2012 8:00PM

2012_1_6Glenwood.jpg We've hit that all-too-familiar breaking point; winter hasn't even started yet, but we're through most of our home-canned goods and we long for the days of sun and farmer's markets. If you're in the same boat, you should be going to some of the winter farmer's markets that have sprung up around Chicago. Green City Market has been running an indoor variant for a few years, but some smaller community markets have jumped in with their own offerings. Two of the best, in Logan Square and Rogers Park, are this Sunday.

The Glenwood Sunday Market is one of our favorite markets in Chicago (even though we live on the South Side) and we visited their indoor winter market a few weeks before Christmas. We were surprised at the variety that we found there: fresh produce, greenhouse lettuces, cheese, meat, tofu, bread and pastry. More than enough to make a week's worth of fresh, local meals. The indoor market will be open from 9-2 on Sunday, very close to its usual outdoor location, adjacent to The Glenwood Bar.

The Logan Square Farmer's Market isn't one of our usual haunts, but we've heard glowing reviews. Their indoor market is held at the Congress Theater; nothing like shopping for produce while admiring a decaying Chicago relic! Their list of vendors includes Chicagoist favorites Co-Op Sauce, Katherine Anne Confections, River Valley Ranch, Ludwig Creamery and Mint Creek Farms. We can imagine a great menu made of products from just those vendors, and there are about 20 more to chose from. The market runs from 10-2.

Thanks to The Local Beet and their local calendar for the reminder that fresh, local food can be found year round!