Gx Guide

What to Buy at Your Farmer's Market

THE BEST FRUITS & VEGGIES TO BUY EACH MONTH OF THE SUMMER

The Gx Guide to Buying Produce at Your Favorite Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s markets are a long-standing summer tradition and a great way to take advantage of all the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables. Purchasing produce from a farmer’s markets is a wonderful way to support your community vendors, plus eating locally grown and organic food is better for both your body and the environment.

We put together a helpful guide so you know what produce to look out for each month of the summer, tips and tricks for navigating a farmer’s market efficiently, and suggestions of other fun farmer’s market finds to keep an eye out for.

Read on to discover when you can start buying your favorite fruits & veggies!

June

July

August

Fruits

  • Blueberries

  • Strawberries

Vegetables

  • Asparagus

  • Beets

  • Broccoli & Cauliflower

  • Cabbage

  • Green Onion

  • Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard

  • Okra

  • Peas

  • Radishes & Turnips

  • Rhubarb

  • Sprouts

  • Summer Squash

Herbs

  • Basil

  • Cilantro

  • Horseradish

Fruits

  • Apricots

  • Cherries

  • Nectarines

  • Peaches

  • Plums

  • Raspberries

  • Tomatoes

Vegetables

  • Artichokes

  • Beans

  • Bell Peppers

  • Celery

  • Corn

  • Cucumber

  • Eggplant

  • Green Beans

Fruits

  • Apples

  • Grapes

  • Melons

Vegetables

  • Onions

Herbs

  • Garlic

Specialty Items to Look For

Honey-Fresh, local honey is much more delicious and environmentally friendly than the honey you can buy at a grocery store

Eggs-Organic, cage-free eggs not only taste better, but the chickens are treated better as well.

Grass fed meat- Grass fed meat is better for your body, the animals, and the environment. Grass fed meats are higher in Omega-3s.

Flowers- Flowers at the farmers markets tend to be beautifully vibrant and fragrant. Plus you know they are freshly picked.

Tips & Tricks

Go early to avoid the crowds-getting there when the market first opens not only lets you avoid the crazy crowds, but you get the first pick at all the best products!

Bring your own reusable bags-Bringing your own bags ensures that you will have enough room to stuff them full of all the farmers market goodies, and helps the environment by avoiding using plastic bags to carry your organic and locally grown foods.

Bring cash and change-Many vendors do not accept debit/credit cards at farmers markets. Be prepared to avoid disappointment!


Links to all the best farmers markets in and around the city

City of Chicago’s Guide to Farmer’s Markets

Chicago Tribune’s Guide to Farmer’s Markets

 

 

2017-06-28T19:42:05+00:00

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