The Times has a charming article in the food section about a chef who bicycles his purchases between the Union Square Greenmarket and the restaurant. Speaking of which, my recent purchases have included mushrooms, asparagus, mustard greens, and a lemon verbena plant. I’ve also planted micro greens in the garden, which have taken well — however, they’re now too big and too bitter/spicy for salads. Well, they’re still damn tasty.
Alas, the Wicker Park farmers’ market hasn’t started yet. One nice addition this year is a new evening market on Randolph in the West Loop — bringing the street back to its Market District origins in the best way. Also, I’ve found a pay-per-box CSA that delivers organic boxes just a few blocks away. Angelic was great, but the quantites really were ridiculous. Growing Power seems to offer a wider variety of goods (it’s a coop of many farms), and only when you want them.