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  • And don't limit yourself to vegetables. Give the bakers some love, too. Check out Metromix's market guide for ideas.
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July 01, 2013|By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz | RedEye

Perhaps the nursery rhyme should have been called "The Farmer and 'L." It's farmers market season in Chicago, and some of these markets are conveniently located next to CTA stations.

Last week, the city debuted two new night markets near the Logan Square Blue Line and Argyle Red Line stops to supplement the farmers markets that operate during days.

Going Public tells you how to get from the CTA line to the check-out line. A full list of markets is available at chicago.metromix.com.

>> Brown Line

About 20 vendors sell goods, including cheese, crepes and pastries, at the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Farmers Market in a lot by the Western stop. There's a market that runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and a market that operates from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Low-Line Market in Lakeview uses the space under the Brown Line tracks next to the Southport stop. The market, which offers fresh fruit and cream puffs, is on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.

>> Red Line

Saturdays are a good time for shoppers along the Red Line. The Division Street Farmers Market near the Clark/Division stop on the Gold Coast and the Printers Row Farmers Market near the Harrison stop in the South Loop both run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

>> Blue Line

Three stops from the Logan Square market is the Wicker Park Bucktown market, which offers dairy, meat and jewelry, near the Damen stop on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

>> Green Line

The Garfield Park Conservatory, near the Conservatory-Central Park Drive stop in East Garfield Park, offers a farmers market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays in its parking lot. Market activities include cooking demos and outdoor garden strolls.

Farther west on the Green Line by the Central stop is the Austin Town Hall market, which runs Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market made its debut last year.

Stationary

A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note

This week: Damen Brown Line

The best seats at the Damen Brown Line stop in Ravenswood aren't on the platform or even on the train. They're in the stationhouse by the turnstiles. Benches and chairs are made of vintage suitcases so the art, made by New York artist Ron Baron, is both functional and beautiful. If only the rest of the CTA could be that way.

Next up: Central Green Line

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