The only reason I will wake up before noon on a Sunday is to go to the Logan Square Farmers Market. I have lived in Chicago for four years now and every neighborhood I have lived in has had a weekly farmers market, but none of them have impressed me like the one in Logan Square. Every Sunday from May 19th until October 27th, farmers from all over the Midwest gather on Logan Boulevard to sell fresh produce and products. This week I brought my camera and my Ambatalia products.
|Good morning Logan Square Farmers Market!|
This week I bought some super sweet cherry tomatoes and delicious lemon basil from Sweet Earth Farms. What drew me to their stand was their colorful tomatoes and their handpainted sign. Once I got home I was interested in finding out more about where my produce came from. Located in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, they travel four and a half hours to come to the market. I loved what Farmer Renee of Sweet Earth Farms says on their website, “By the ordinary act of eating we can affect our world, we can have a more life giving environment and more life giving food.” This excited me because this is what Ambatalia encourages in a different way. By making small adjustments in our weekly routine we can not only improve our own well-being, but it can also help the environment. I am looking forward to seeing what produce Sweet Earth brings to the market next Sunday.
|I brought home all my produce in Ambatalia bento bags.|
Another booth that caught my eye was Underground Food Collective. Their catchy red logo and their giant glass jars in the display immediately had me hooked. This week I tried the mind-blowing Spanish chorizo. Perfect to bring home for a cheese plate or throw in your market bag for a picnic, these meats are truly worth the trip to the market. Based in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, their handcrafted salami and cured meats are all done in house.
|Love their packaging. Simple and classic.|
|Thank you, Randy!|
|Using recycled glass jars from sparkling water, wine, or apple sauce is a fun way to display flowers.|
|A successful trip. Pictured are Ambatalia bento bags in grey ticking. Perfect for bringing home market finds.|
All in all it was a great afternoon at the market. If you are interested in attending a farmers market in Chicago, check out the schedule! With over 20 different farmers markets all around the city, there is bound to be one that could fit into your schedule.
Attending the farmers market in your area (wherever you may be) is a weekly routine that can keep you in touch with your local community. I would love to hear about your experience.
What is your experience going to your local farmers market? How is an urban market different then a more rural market? What is your relationship with your food?
|Headed home from the market with my Ambatalia market bag.|