Gallery: Asparagus-palooza at the Green City Market in Chicago

Bushel & Peck's
Bushel & Peck's

Vibrant pantry provisions are on hand at Bushel & Peck's, from zesty giardiniera and sweet strawberry syrup to hot sauce and pickled asparagus.

Eggs at Bushel & Peck's
Eggs at Bushel & Peck's

Farm eggs are also available at Bushel & Peck's.

Mick Klug Farms
Mick Klug Farms

Asparagus is king at the market these days, and Mick Klug boasts the most impressive array of spring-y spears. The Purple Passion variety is particularly eye-catching due to its Teletubby purple hue.

Honest Meal Project
Honest Meal Project

A new addition to Green City Market this year, Honest Meal Project serves prepared salads and soups, like roasted beet salad with Bleu Darling cheese, spicy lettuces, and red wine vinaigrette; and "asparagus love" salad with roasted green radishes, new potatoes, portabellas, and hazelnut vinaigrette.

Honest Meal Project Prep
Honest Meal Project Prep

Mise en place at Honest Meal Project.

Cookies & Carnitas
Cookies & Carnitas

The ultimate sweet and savory snacks at the market come courtesy of Cookies & Carnitas, a company utilizing Becker Lane pork to whip up carnitas sandwiches, pork shoulder chili, and the most habit-forming item of all, bacon cookies.

River Valley Market Grill
River Valley Market Grill

Follow the aroma of smoke (and the inevitable line) to River Valley Market Grill to get your hands on a myriad of mushroom creations. Mushroom-walnut burgers, portabella chili, and portabella-guajillo tamales are just some of the 'shroomy items on deck.

Seedling Orchard
Seedling Orchard

Along with their popular smoothies and preserves, Seedling Orchard has been slinging cherrywood lately, thanks to farmer Peter Klein's excess of tall cherry trees. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When it hands you exceedingly tall trees, chop them down and sell for people to smoke them.

Castle Rock Creamery
Castle Rock Creamery

Got milk? We do now, thanks to new market vendor, Castle Rock Creamery. Grass-grazed cows beget milks and cheeses from this Wisconsin farm.

Abby's Crepe Stand
Abby's Crepe Stand

Customers line up in droves to get their hands on these made-to-order crêpes, available with savory or sweet fillings and toppings. Batter is made from Brunkow butter, Ellis Farms brown eggs, and Castle Rock Creamery whole milk. Add-ons rotate with the seasons, including raspberry preserves, asparagus, and mushrooms.

Crepe Topped with Castle Rock Creamery Whipped Cream
Crepe Topped with Castle Rock Creamery Whipped Cream

New vendor Castle Rock Creamery provides the dairy for the whipped cream strewn atop sweet crêpes.

Growing Power
Growing Power

While the rest of the market is still waiting to amass more ingredients, Growing Power is already bursting with more colors than a stained glass museum. Green tomatoes, tender baby kale, and edible kale flowers are some ingredients on deck.

Pasta Puttana
Pasta Puttana

Ramp season may be winding down, but Pasta Puttana has your wild onion fix covered with their supply of ramp pasta and ramp butter. Other lustrous pastas include wild mushroom pasta, red chile pasta, and arugula pasta.

Genesis Growers
Genesis Growers

Hakurei turnips are out en masse at Genesis Growers. Known for their crisp texture and fruity flavor, the smooth white turnips resemble a pile of golf balls.

Growing Home
Growing Home

Taste the rainbow (chard) at Growing Home! Beautiful bunches of crisp rainbow chard are a stunning addition to the market.

King's Hill Farm
King's Hill Farm

Customers are ravenous for the stock of asparagus and shiitake mushrooms at the King's Hill Farm stand.

Chicago Indoor Gardens
Chicago Indoor Gardens

Dainty sprouts and greens are easing their way out of soil at the Chicago Indoor Gardens stand. Check out the sunflower and broccoli sprouts, and don't forget to throw back a wheatgrass shot.