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Wait, is your neighborhood farmers’ market on Wednesday mornings at nine? Or Thursday afternoons at four? We can never remember, either, which is why we usually miss out on the best summer tomatoes. (Tragic!)

Now we’ll be getting our fresh fix at Local Foods, a new everyday indoor farmers’ market in Bucktown. Here’s why it’s way better than grocery shopping.

1427 W. Willow St.; 312-432-6575 or

It’s More Than a Market

The 27,000-square-foot space houses a produce market, the new location of established Chicago meat mecca The Butcher & Larder, a cute café called Stock and a lineup of cooking classes and farmer discussions.

It’s Seriously Local

All the vegetables are from small, Midwestern family farms within a day?s drive of Chicago. (At other grocery stores around town your produce comes from an average of 1,500 miles away.) In the café, where farmer Abra Berens is the chef, everything on the menu is created from the ingredients on-site.

What You Can Buy

Grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry, pork, bison and lamb; fresh milk, yogurt, eggs and butter; organic fruit, veggies, herbs and greens; and dry goods like flour, beans and canned foods. Basically, everything you need to put dinner on the table tonight.

The Story Behind That Apple Tree

Look for the baby Rome Beauty tree planted outside the building--it produces an heirloom apple variety developed in the Ohio River Valley in the 1800s, and it’s pest- and drought-resistant. The owners of Local Foods hope to watch it grow as their business grows.

In Season Now

Going this week? Pick up crisp, bright green broccoli from Geneva Lakes Produce and Tempel Farms Organics. Try it in the café first as part of a wheat-berry salad with cherries and yogurt dressing.

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