Well, it’s Thursday, but I haven’t come across any products cool enough to be deemed this week’s “cool product.” So, instead, as I eagerly await farmers market season, here’s a picture of a market in Zurich from my trip to Switzerland last year.
Most of the Chicago markets open mid-June, including my personal favorite, the Lincoln Square market. I do the majority of my produce shopping there during the summer on Tuesday mornings. Unfortunately though, I’m always in a rush to get my veggies, get back home and then get to work, which doesn’t leave much time for smelling tomatoes, squeezing eggplants and and chatting up the farmers.
So, I also make occasional visits to the North Center market (which is usually pretty sparse) on Saturdays and the Museum of Contemporary Art market on Tuesdays over my lunch hour. The museum’s market is a little more upscale and features some more unique offerings. I don’t usually buy much there, but it’s a nice place to walk around, listen to some live music and pick up a couple odds and ends. And it sure beats eating a PB&J at my desk.
I’ve never been to the mother of all Chicago farmers markets, the Green City Market in Lincoln Park, but I’m determined to make the trip this year.
What I haven’t determined is how I’ll fit my produce box into my usual market shopping habits, or vice versa. I’m thinking about switching to the fruit-only box for the summer since fruit at the markets is usually a little pricey, but veggies are more affordable and I enjoy picking them out.
We’ll see how it goes. Obviously, it’s not such a horrible dilemma to have.