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Green City Market returns, heads indoors for the winter

January 19, 2012|By Katie Karpowicz, for RedEye

Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t still find fresh, locally produced food in Chicago. Case in point: the return of Green City Market this Saturday, Jan. 21.

“We’re back,” said Exectutive Director Dana Benigno, “so everyone can come back and shop from their favorite farmers”

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chicago foodies, chefs and restaurateurs are invited to the second floor of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to celebrate sustainable farming practices and good eats, where it will remain through the winter months. The market will return to its outdoor location in Lincoln Park after April 28.

Green City Market has operated through the winter in the past, but this year the market will be open every Saturday as opposed to only two per month in years past.

If you make it to the market by 10:30 a.m. this Saturday you can also catch a special chef demonstration from Matthias Merges and Jennifer Petrusky of Logan Square’s Yusho.

Since its debut in 1998, the Green City Market has been committed to educating Chicagoans about sustainable agricultural practices and connecting consumers with area farmers that follow these practices.

“The market is definitely for the public and always has been,” said Benigno.

This year, the market plans to offer new opportunities for food fans to get involved, including a chili cook off on Feb. 3—just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Chili conasuers are encourged to submit their recipes. The top ten contenders will be cooked and judged during the cook off. Winners will win tickets to Green Market’s annual Chef’s BBQ Fundrasier in July.

The farmers market celebrates its return this week with 26 vendors toting organic baked goods, meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and more.

Visit www.greencitymarket.org for more details.

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