Green City Market Chicago
Chicago's first and largest year-round sustainable farmers market, the Green City Market, is MUST visit while here for any eco-lovers, farmers, science gurus, or foodies in general! This Lincoln Park Market and Edible Garden space offers free tours of its amazing market system, this year being it's 19th in business!
This market connects farmers and local producers with chefs and the greater Chicago community in general, not only by allowing them to shop at the market and make personal connections with the growers, but also by offering free tours, educational programs, and occasional demo courses! Your group can sign up for a free tour, a field trip including hands-on gardening activities, or a program such as Club Sprouts or Chef Demos! The hands-on activities include such activities as seeding, thinning, transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting, composting, and, of course, tasting! The lessons learned here will teach you about quality food and it's source, the importance of local and sustainable food production, and hopefully help you spread the word about 'improving the availability of a diverse range of high-quality foods' in such places as Chicago!
Be sure to save plenty of time to shop and eat during your visit as well, with everything from freshly baked goods and freshly picked flowers to crisp produce, meat, and poultry!