One of the things about Chicago that makes one pine for Geneva, NY has to do with farmer's markets. The one in Geneva is wonderful. (For a related youtube, click here.) And so, it seemed sad to be away. And it was.
And yet, we are not utterly at a loss, because my partner discovered Green City Market and we went off to it several Saturays (and look forward to going to the inside version soon). It was, I have to say, amazing. In fact, it was amazing. Have I said it was amazing?
Here are a few things that were particularly dandy. First: the first stall we saw was a mushroom stall, where all the muhrooms were hand picked -- and there were truly a LOT of mushrooms. We bought some and have had them and they do indeed taste earthy and shout mushroom at you. We also purchased some mushroom burgers they make -- and though I initially anticipated that I was humoring the burgeoning vegan (or at least more veg person than I) in our household, I loved them. I loved them so much we bought more and also some related tamales to try.
Also wondeful is a person who sells mainly pears of various sorts (the exception being paw paws, which just do nothing for me). She says things like "I do nothing, it is the soil that makes these so amazoing." She helps you pick out ones that are rip and ones that will ripen well. And the varieties abound. We had some boscs; the first time we did our usual treat with them involving blue cheese and gastrique. The second time we . . . just ate them. And they, like the other pears we purchased from her, tasted delightful and nearly melted in one's mouth. Mmmmmm. They converted me from pear skeptic to pear lover.
Finally, we have also purchased some quite dandy goat cheese (or is it sheep?) from a person who makes a really good blue cheese. I love blue cheese -- and this one really passed inspection. Their feta was also quite good.
So: though I am pining a tad for Geneva and home, this market is a Windy City wonder -- and you too should discover it.