Visit The Most Delicious Monster Truck Rally Ever At The Plant On Saturday
By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 7, 2015 2:50PM
Photo via The Plant.
When a great farmers market and a slew of food trucks come together in one place, it's sure to be a good time. That's why you might want to head to The Plant (1400 W. 46th St.) this Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Plant, if you haven't heard of it, is one of the most exciting sustainable development projects in Chicagoland. Under one roof in Back of the Yards, a whole bunch of different food manufacturing businesses are creating delicious products. There's an aquaponic farm, a bakery, a microgreens grower, a kombucha brewer, a saltwater shrimp grower and more. The idea is that each business should support the other—that waste from one business becomes fuel for another, in a sustainable cycle that minimizes inputs and maximizes outputs. You've might even have heard of some of their tenants: Greens and Gills, Pleasant House Bakery, The Salty Prawn and Arize Kombucha, to name a few.
In addition, The Plant hosts a great farmer's market every Saturday, featuring local farmers and some of the very vendors who work in the building. In fact, it's the only place you can get products from vendors like The Salty Prawn. They manufacture their products at The Plant and they don't go to other markets.
This Saturday, the market gets even better with the addition of food trucks. A ton of food trucks, including Pleasant House Bakery, Bridgeport Pasty, Flirty Cupcakes, DonerMen, The Fat Shallot and 5411 Empanadas will be there. There's going to be live music and lots of local food fun.
Even better, you can get a tour of the whole facility at the same time. Admission is $5 in advance, and a tour is an additional $3. It's definitely a tour worth taking if you're interested in sustainability or green design.