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Farm to Kitchen Table

There's not much we love more than shopping the abundance of summer markets this time of year. In addition to offering the freshest produce around, many boast live music and activities for the whole family. Here are some of our favorite farmers markets located throughout the city.

 Green City Market

1. Green City Market
Located near the southern end of Lincoln Park, Green City Market is one of the largest independent farmers markets in the city. Come for the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables (check out Seedling's fresh fruit smoothies made to order) and stay for the baked goods and fresh floral arrangements. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-1pm, 1700 block of North Clark Street, greencitymarket.org

2. Daley Plaza
Think there aren’t fresh options in the Loop? Think again! The Daley Plaza market features farmers and small businesses from across the Midwest. Shop from a broad selection of produce, baked goods, flowers, jams and honeys. Thursdays, 7am-3pm, Washington and Dearborn streets, cityofchicago.org

3. MCA Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art continues to welcome area farmers to its plaza for this European-style market. In addition to the standard fare, there are often treats like crepes and delectable pastries, as well as a stunning assortment of flowers. Tuesdays, 10am-5pm, 220 E. Chicago Ave., mcachicago.org

4. Logan Square
This popular market in one of Chicago’s hippest ’hoods has been growing ever since it was founded in 2005. Scope out fresh produce, tasty bites from area restaurants (Chicago Diner was recently serving up bahn mi wraps) and top local musical talent. Sundays, 10am-3pm; Wednesdays, 5-9pm, Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee Avenue and Whipple Street, logansquarefarmersmarket.org

5. Lincoln Square
Hosted by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, this evening market includes a healthy assortment of local farms (C&D Family, Mick Klug and Dotson’s, to name a few) and decadent desserts from favorites like Angel Food Bakery, Delightful Pastries and Crepes Paname. Thursdays, 4-8pm, Lincoln and Leland avenues, lincolnsquare.org