Apr 12, 2024 - Things to Do

Green City Market takes risk in opening early

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Among the early spring crops at Green City Market are young carrots. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

In a risky move, Green City Market opened a full month early last Saturday, releasing local ramps to hordes of happy Lincoln Park shoppers on a glorious day.

Why it matters: The gambit could've easily flopped in a week that saw snow just days earlier. Instead it proved that Chicagoans — or at least Green City types — are thirsty for some farm fresh fellowship.

So what can you expect at an April farmers market? We went to investigate.

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Ramps from Klug Farm at Green City Market last Saturday. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

The big picture: Expect dozens of booths and thousands of attendees — many with dogs — on sunny days like the one expected tomorrow.

The produce: Fresh ramps, green garlic, young carrots and microgreens, as well as cellared apples and root vegetables.

  • Also, juices, plants, flowers, meat, eggs and lots of baked goods.
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Check out the line that wraps around the pHlour booth. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Hot tip: If you like croissants, breads and pastries from Edgewater's pHlour Bakery and Cafe, buy them in Edgewater before the market, or you'll be joining a 40-person line.

  • Or consider other bakery booths at the market including Bennison's, Hoosier Mama, Dorothy's, Urban Challah and Verzenay.

Dig in: We didn't see Green City's famous crepe vendor on our visit, but hot options included gooey raclette sandwiches and Gayle V's grilled cheese sandwiches.

Parking: Even this early in the season, street parking is scarce. An adjacent lot costs $14 for two hours, but the Lincoln Park Zoo lot is free to most members.

What we're watching: As in previous years, GCM will double the value of SNAP purchases up to $25.


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