Unless you’ve lived in Chicago for a while, you wouldn’t expect to find a farmers market in the middle of the city, but the Windy City actually hosts quite a few.
Why do people love farmers’ markets?
- Flavorful fruits and vegetables. Because produce has been allowed to ripen, it’s been able to develop full flavor. Food hasn’t been gassed to simulate ripeness. It hasn’t been picked green in the hope it’ll be ripe by the time it hits the shelves. It’s fresh and tasty and ready to eat.
- Healthier food. Most fruits and vegetables for sale at the farmer’s market are organic. No matter what, you can be sure the fodder sold in the market hasn’t been gassed, irradiated, or waxed. It most likely is not genetically modified. And the meat hasn’t been treated either.
- Humane. Meat sold at your local farmer’s market is raised in a cruelty-free environment.
- Support. Supporting farmers and crafters encourages others to follow in their footsteps, making this world a healthier, more humane place to live.
- Community. At the farmer’s market, you’ll meet your neighbors, local businesspeople and, likely, a local politician or two.
Many of the folks living at The Admiral at the Lake enjoy strolling around the neighborhood, stopping by local hot spots. They participate in the fun during Midsommarfest and EdgeFest and enjoy a bite to eat at Asia on Argyle or one of the many diverse local restaurants. Many enjoy visiting nearby farmers markets.
Visit these farmers’ markets near The Admiral at the Lake!
On Wednesdays from May to October, join your neighbors from 3 to 8 p.m. to check out free-range meat, poultry, and eggs; cheese; fresh-baked goods; herbal vinegars; salsa; artisanal jams; honey; and fare from local eateries. All items are made with sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients when possible. Where: Berwyn Avenue between Clark and Ashland.
On Saturdays from June to October, stroll to Edgewater’s market for fresh local produce, baked goods, cheeses, coffee, handmade products, and free live acoustic music from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Broadway Armory Parking lot, 5917 N. Broadway, at the corner of Thorndale and Broadway.
Beginning in July and ending in August of each year, enjoy fresh produce, meats, handmade crafts, fare from local eateries, and multicultural entertainment Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. Where: Argyle between Sheridan Road and Kenmore.
The Green City Market moves outdoors in May, showcasing vendors from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October. It’s the only Chicago farmers' market to offer free resources and educational opportunities about local sustainable issues, such as compost, waste reduction, and gardening programs for children.
In addition to a Sprouts club for kids, the market features 10:30 a.m. demonstrations of recipes using seasonal and sustainable ingredients by Chicago-area chefs. Take the bus if possible or expect to pay for parking. Where: South end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark).
Take the time Tuesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take in fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers; cheeses; cage-free eggs; and delicious local fare at this market. It may be a bit of a hike from The Admiral at the Lake, but the Lawrence bus will get you there. Where: 2301 W. Leland Ave. (at Lincoln/Leland/Western).
Why go out when you have everything at The Admiral at the Lake?
Granted, residents of The Admiral at the Lake are accustomed to locally grown, seasonal specialties. After all, they can partake of fresh, nutritious viands at The Waterfront or Bistro 929.
Still, they love Chicago and the north end neighborhood where they live, so they enjoy volunteering and participating in festivals, school events, and more. So don’t be surprised if you recognize a resident from The Admiral at the Lake at any of these farmers’ markets.
Considering the number of artists at the continuing care community, you shouldn’t be surprised if some of them are displaying their works. It’s all part of the vigorous lifestyle residents maintain.
The Admiral at the Lake: an Active Urban Community
Convenient to several farmers’ markets, The Admiral at the Lake is a continuing care community dedicated to supporting the personal independence, engagement, and health and wellness of its members. Unlike the environment at your average senior retirement community, residents of The Admiral at the Lake enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle. These Chicago movers and shakers design and direct community activities and collaborate to make the world a better place.
The Admiral at the Lake’s mission is to foster an ageless spirit among community members. If you would like to know more about what’s happening at The Admiral at the Lake, give us a call at 773.433.1801 or click here.