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News Mon Oct 06 2008

Farmstand Opens Downtown

Chicago Downtown Farmstand (photo Kate Gross).jpgChicago may have just come one step closer to daily farmers markets and seeing more local produce available year round. Chicago's Downtown Farmstand opened on October 1 as a pilot, and while it may close for the season this winter, the goal is to have it open year round next year. This market, in the Loop at 66 E. Randolph, stays open 5 days a week through mid-December - Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - re-opening in the Spring. Products come from within 250 miles of the city.

The Farmstand, put together by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, reminds me a lot of the Green Grocer. Both sell a variety of local produce and locally made packaged goods. The Farmstand's refrigerated cases currently chill local English muffins, various apples, jugs of cider, preserves, small pumpkins, and greens like Swiss chard, arugula, and spigariello. Shelves and baskets are stocked full of locally grown beans, artisan bread, jars of vegetable dips, and locally roasted coffee. You'll also find Brussels sprouts, onion, peppers, green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes. Behind the counter near the registers, they'll make you a smoothie of cider, fruit and ice. Cooking related classes start September 11. Photo courtesy of Kate Gross Photography.

 
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jen / October 8, 2008 9:09 PM

I was so excited for this, but... just, no. I stopped in after work today and not only did they have very little produce, but it was all pretty pricey and looked like it was on the verge of going bad. I was hoping this could be my back-up for when I forgot to get something at the farmers market on Sunday but looks like I'll have to stick with WF and Jewels.

ESG101 / November 3, 2008 11:33 AM

The downtown farmstand has a long way to go before it becomes a daily farmers market. I have stopped several times since it opened, and it appears that all the food leftover from the real farmer's market ends up on the shelves in the make believe daily farmers market at ridiculous prices for what could only be considered leftovers suitable, mostly, for the dumpster.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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