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Market Scene: Apples in Chicago's Wicker Park

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I skipped this week's Green City Market in Chicago in favor of the much closer, and much smaller, farmers' market in nearby Wicker Park. I was a little worried about the findings, and whether it would be as inexpensive as Green City can be. A few weeks ago I visited the Logan Square farmers' market and was disappointed in the number of stands, the insanely high prices, and the lack of much actual produce to buy.

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But Wicker Park Farmers' Market was a much better stop. And according to the signs, it was time for apple season. Nichol's Farm, which also operates at Green City, had dozens of varieties--my only worry was what exactly to buy. I settled on a Cox's Orange Pippin, a red Gala, and a Macoun. They were all eaters, so the wife and I devoured the trio when we walked back up to our apartment in Bucktown.

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But these peppers and eggplants also caught my eye, or perhaps it was the heavenly light that was cast upon them.

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I also found these beautiful, if very expensive, squash blossoms. I need to move on.

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I ran into more fruit at the Seedling Fruit stand--some of the first melons I'd seen all year.

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There were still loads of tomatoes, and I bought a couple Brandywine tomatoes, which were put to good use in a BLT sandwich.

All in all, a great little local Farmers' Market. Surely not as massive as Green City Market, but still nice to have around on a beautiful Sunday morning.

In Season

Tomatoes
Eggplants
peppers
melons
corn
Apples

Coming Soon

Pumpkins
Squashes

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a co-founder of The Paupered Chef, a blog dedicated to saving time and money while enjoying food in every way possible. He sells wine for a living and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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