In the summer shopping seasonably and local can be pretty easy. Chicago is teeming with summer farmer's markets. In the winter the choices are much more limited as many farmer's market don't run throughout the winter. Despite that there are options for those who are willing and able to look for them.
Winter Farmer's Markets:
- Green City Market runs roughly every other Saturday through April at the Notebaert Nature Museum.
- Logan Square Farmers Market runs every Sunday through the end of March in the Congress Theater.
- Faith and Place (with CCLP) runs markets at area churches on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter. Find the schedule here: http://www.localharvest.org/winter-farmers-markets-chicago-area-M19510
- Fresh Picks offers organic delivery with many local options directly to your home
- Dill Pickle Food Co-op is open seven days a week and offers a variety of food, much of it local year round.
- Whole Foods also stocks some foods from local suppliers, ask the staff to direct you.
Local shopping year round helps support local farmers and food producers year round and means that the food you eat carries a smaller carbon footprint. While getting all of your food locally is always hard and even harder in the winter. Using the above-mentioned resources can help you keep a portion of your food local and more sustainable all year round.