We are lucky to live near the 61st Street Farmers Market. This means that every Saturday, we take a stroll through our lovely neighborhood and find ourselves in an oasis of fresh, local, organic produce, baked goods, cheeses, and more! It is one of our favorite parts of living in Chicago.
The market is one of our main grocery stops each week, and for the rest of the weekend, we cook and eat whatever is in season. The selection changes every week and there are always new surprises (such as PURPLE bell peppers last week!), but it is all delicious! What's more, it all resonates with our food ethic: our food hasn't traveled a thousand (or even a hundred) miles to our table, it looks good because it IS good, and we know the people who grow our food!
Here's what we brought home from the market this morning:
(top to bottom: sweet corn, pea sprouts, raw vegan sloppy joes, green peppers, baby red and white potatoes, yellow wax beans, the world's most adorable heirloom tomatoes, Portuguese sweet bread, and a German soft pretzel)
One of the best parts about living close to a fantastic farmers' market is that on market day and in the days following, the food practically cooks itself. Seriously. With a kitchen stocked with food this fresh and delicious, all that's left to do is eat it!
For lunch today, we had one of our absolute favorite Chicago foods (so far): raw vegan sloppy joes from B'Gabs Goodies, a raw vegan deli in our neighborhood that is right around the corner from the market. We paired the sloppy joe mix with pea sprouts and the adorable heirloom tomatoes from the market. Beth enjoyed hers on whole wheat flatbread, and I went all out: slider style on local Medici bread.
Jealous? Come visit and share a meal (or better yet, meals!) with us!