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Outdoor Farmers Markets Start This Weekend

By Anthony Todd in Food on May 1, 2013 3:05PM

If you've been eagerly awaiting the magical combination of sunshine, fresh produce and early morning dew that accompanies an outdoor farmer's market, you're in luck. The first outdoor farmers market starts this weekend, followed by a whole slew in mid-may. Plus, the city has announced two brand-new night markets.

First on the list is Green City Market, which goes outside this Saturday starting at 7 a.m. Two chef demos will kick off the season, one from Chef Shelley Young of Uncommon Ground, the other from Chef Andrew Hroza of Goose Island Brewpubs.

Next Saturday, May 11, the official city markets in Lincoln Park and on Division Street start up, followed by Beverly on May 12. The official grand opening of the city's farmers markets is at Daley Plaza on Thursday, May 16. Check out the complete schedule online.

In addition, there are two new city-sponsored night markets this year.

In an exciting new development, the Farmers Markets program will offer two “spinoffs” this summer featuring night markets in two different locations: the Logan Square Night Market, beginning June 26 and running through September 4 (5-9 p.m.) and the Argyle Night Market, June 27-September 19 (4-8 p.m.).

Make sure to check the websites for all of your favorite private farmers markets. Lincoln Square and Glenwood (two of our favorites) don't start until June.