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Green City Market
Berries for sale at the Green City Market. Photo by Christina Glass Gelder.

Grocery store produce, we need a break. It’s not you…okay, it is you and your half-frozen tomatoes. Farmers’-market season kicks off this weekend, and we’re eating strictly local (at least until October). Here’s what’s fresh on the scene.

Green City Market We love to make a morning of checking out the 60 vendors who participate in this Wednesday and Saturday extravaganza. Breakfast crepe stations, chef demonstrations, seminars on composting and special events like a barbecue fundraiser turn the experience into more than just browsing. We can’t wait to pick up superfresh milk and classic Wisconsin-style cheese curds from newbies Castle Rock Farms and Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, and we’ll be loading up our trunk with lush geraniums from Matt’s Urban Garden. Opens Saturday, May 4; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1970 N. Clark St.; 773-880-1266 or

Chicago Farmers’ Markets We’re thrilled that our city organizes 21 neighborhood farmers’ markets so we can snag juicy strawberries and tomatoes that actually taste like something, right around the corner from home. (The first markets open on May 11.) Thanks to a big announcement from the mayor’s office this week, we’re looking forward to nighttime market shopping with a party vibe at the Logan Square and Argyle locations. It’ll be a date-worthy outing: Go for the sweet corn, stay for the live performances, craft booths and restaurant tastings. Locations and times vary; download the schedule here

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