When a Chicagoan thinks of winter, the first thing that comes to mind is likely not a farmers' market, unless this particular Chicagoan is a masochistic polar bear diver. But lo and behold, it seems each year Chicago's indoor farmers' market season grows even bigger, with more to offer than just a smattering of root vegetables and bread. Two particular indoor farmers' markets this season are offering very different interpretations of the farmers' market business model. The first is the weekly indoor Logan Square Farmers' Market, hosted in conjunction with The NOSH, and the second is an indoor farmers' market-themed dinner at Found.
(Happy indoor noshers)
Taking place weekly on Sundays until the weather decides to not be murderous anymore, the Logan Square Farmers' Market has taken up residence in a defunct bakery space on Milwaukee Avenue immediately north of the square itself. The extra cool thing is that the market has teamed up with The NOSH to bring all sorts of local, artisanal goodies to the masses. So while shopping for produce, cheeses, and breads, you can snack your way through a variety of bites from local Chicago restaurants and food vendors. Current vendors at The NOSH include Cup & Spoon, Pecking Order, SPICE!, Dia de Los Tamales, and Karl's Craft Soup. Bang Bang Pie Shop and Mixteco Grill will be returning soon as well, along with more new vendors.
As part of their ongoing roving Moveable Feast dinner series, Found hones in on indoor farmers' markets for their next outing, taking place at the restaurant's salon prive on January 21. For this fourth installment of the Moveable Feast, Found partners with Spence Farm and the Stewards of the Land for a family-style feast sure to put a smile on the most embittered frostbitten face. Actually, chef Nicole Pederson is sure to prove just how fruitful the Midwest can be, even in the dead of winter. Farmers will also be on hand to discuss the minutia of owning and operating a small family farm in the Midwest. Tickets for the dinner event are $80 and can be purchased here. Proceeds will make their way to the Spence Farm Foundation, a reputable organization designed to educate new, young farmers about the lore, artistry, and techniques involved with sustainable small family farming.
- Matt Kirouac