[Photograph: Kate Bernot]
Lincoln Park has transformed for Green City Market on a sun-drenched Saturday morning, and there's a line forming at a corner booth, as kids, dogs, and shoppers queue up to make their purchases. It's not kohlrabi they're gunning for (though I wouldn't blame them if they were), but one of Seedling Farms' super-refreshing cider smoothies.
Behind the line of blenders and fruit crates, you'll likely find the affable Peter Klein, Seedling's farmer and owner. There, he and a team are blending their signature cider, a just-sweet-enough drink made from the juice of the farm's hand-picked apples, which are milled by Seedling themselves. The cider is cold-pasteurized and never heated, so it never loses any of the apples' original sweet-tart flavor.
To the cider base, Klein and crew add just a few more simple ingredients: ice, fresh fruit, and maybe some mint if you request it. Right now, Seedling's farm in Michigan has produced a beautiful crop of spring strawberries—small, deep red, and bursting with juices. When added to the smoothies, they add a natural sweetness that doesn't even require the addition of sugar. It's the purest natural sweetener, and it makes for a fantastic breakfast before a long morning of shopping and chefs' demonstrations at the market. Oh, and if you're not a fan of lines, swing by the Green City Market on a Wednesday instead of a Saturday morning, when chefs are more plentiful than strollers.
Seedling Farms Booth at the Green City Market
South end of Lincoln Park, Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.