One of the least expensive and most enjoyable outings that I have experienced in recent years is the Chicago’s Farmers Market each Spring.
There are many benefits to be enjoyed by all.
These are among my favorites:
- A great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices
- Less congestion and chaos than shopping at traditional grocers with long lines
- The opportunity to enjoy fresh air, friendly folks and periodic live entertainment
- Vendors that provide a variety of products, services, and specialty items. Things like flavored honey, pampering products, plants, home made pies and gift items. Depending upon when you visit (and where), you can even score holiday items like pumpkins or wreaths.
- The walking around provides at least some degree of exercise and burning of calories.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL POINTERS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NEXT VISIT:
- Wear comfortable shoes for the best experience.
- Bring different forms of payment. Some vendors accept credit cards; while others accept cash only. Especially if you are buying in small quantities.
- Bring an umbrella. Chicago’s weather is often unpredictable.
- Don’t be afraid to “bargain” for better prices. Some are negotiable. And it never hurts to try.
Additionally, Domu.com provides the following directives: “Keep in mind that many markets have abridged hours or altered their operations in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some markets have special hours for seniors or more at-risk populations to shop safely. As always, bring a mask and expect social distancing guidelines to be in place at Chicago area farmers markets. Be sure to check ahead of time if your local farmers market requires advanced registration."
Here is a schedule of dates and markets for your convenience: