We all love biting into a crisp apple, tasting a blueberry pie, drinking a cold glass of milk or enjoying a sweet corn on the cob. But in our world of automation and outsourcing, most Americans have a very distant relationship with their food.
Unlike some countries that rely heavily on regular interactions with the farmers themselves, we rely on the grocery store to be the go-between for us and the farmer.
Yet there is something so refreshing about being able to stroll down the street and see all of the fresh produce, smell the sweetness in the air, and interact with the individuals who grew the fruits and veggies.
Farmers markets have grown in popularity recently and are now a thriving part of many cities in the U.S. Chicago has numerous markets where individuals can enjoy the taste of fresh produce while enjoying the fresh air. Here are 15 mighty independent ones you must visit.
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Logan Square Farmers Market
2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Logan Square is a conveniently located and well-stocked farmers market.
Lincoln Park Farmers Market
Armitage Avenue and Orchard Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park Farmers Market boasts fresh produce amid a lovely setting.
Daley Plaza Farmers Market
50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
This is where you must come for a great representation from all sorts of farmers and craftspeople.
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Wicker Park Avenue and Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Wicker Park offers fresh fruits and veggies in abundance.
Chicago Nettelhorst French Market
3252 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Chicago Nettelhorst is a well-attended farmers market that locals love.
Near North Chicago Farmer's Market
Division Street and Dearborn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Live entertainment comes together beautifully as well as fresh produce and recently prepared pastries.
Andersonville Farmers Market
Clark Street and Berwyn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
Andersonville isn't the biggest farmers market, but it is one of the most charming.
Lincoln Square Farmers Market
4700 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
A great option for any lazy weekend.
Farmers Market at the Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
The setting at this farmers market makes is unforgettable.
Federal Plaza Farmers Market
50 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60606
Vendors faithfully show up, rain or shine, for this market.
Independence Park Farmers Market
3945 N. Springfield Ave., Chicago, IL 60686
Hard work and determination are clear virtues exhibited by the vendors who take part in this market.
Pilsen Farmers Market
18th and Halsted streets, Chicago, IL 60686
A great option if you want some fresh produce.
2732 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
Growing Home brings the Chicago community some of the nicest fresh fruits, veggies and eggs out there.
South Loop Farmers Market
1936 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616
South Loop is a wonderful venue filled with locals doing what they love: bringing fresh products to you!