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Added Jun 26 2014

This list usually annoys me- but the Reader has come out with their list of the Best of 2014 and again the Logan Square Farmer's Market rules the roost. So Hooray for that!

If you take the time to look things over, I am sure you would agree it is mostly up for debate-

Here is a link their list:

  • also should note: Best Neighborhood Restaurant - Lula's Cafe
    Best Brunch - Lula's Cafe

    Best Local Brewing Company - Revolution
    Best Local Brew - Anti-Hero IPA (Revolution)

  • jacobocom

    that's a bummer that the reader hasn't been to green city market.

  • @jacobocom, Green City Market is listed as the runner up, so I'm guessing they've been?

  • They had that as runner is a poll from readers of the Reader- don't take it to heart.

  • "Best Everblock Poster"- the winner!!! Bart Shore!!!!

  • KJ

    It's hardly better than Green City. I actually have to go to Green City on Sat, I will carefully compare the two and respond back.

  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant- Chicago Diner
    Best Waitstaff Runner up- Chicago Diner

  • what are the hours for green city vs. the logan square farmer's market? i haven't been to either (new to neighborhood)...any tips?

  • Though it's awesome to walk the Logan Square Farmer's Market, it is not awesome on the pocket. Wayyyyyy too expensive. I want to buy sustainable and organic from the area, but being on a fixed income with medical bills piling up due to my son having cancer, it's hard to buy there. It is a fun time walking around though!

  • Hello Carolyn, Sorry for your medical situation. Look up Door to Door..they have a 'new person' discount and free delivery and they are 'sustainable and organic'..and local. They might just be what you are looking for- for the price you can afford. Best and good luck to your son!

  • Thanks for that info Kittyhop! I will def look it up! :)

  • Oh...and Carolyn...if you haven't contacted 'Gilda's Club' on Wells give them a call and stop in. They are FOR the whole family and can 'help' in many ways-they try to give everyone what they need. And always, always 'free'. Founded by Gilda Radner of the old Sat NIght Live and just excellent!

  • Kittyhop, I have heard of Gilda's Club, though I haven't been. Will make sure that I do by soon! Thank you!

  • Both markets have a different purpose with similar benefits. LS market would not exist in the current form without the direction Green City provided, that farmer's markets can be independently run (not by the City) and survive, if not thrive. Given they are the 2 best markets in the city, quite an achievement to witness all the hard work by the creators, vendors, neighbors & volunteers.

    GCM is a chef-driven market which caters to the chefs first, while residents benefit by the organic and sustainable produce chefs demanded years ago. The market starts early (7a-1p) so chefs pick up their produce and residents can linger a bit longer. Even added a 2nd day (Weds?) in recent years.

    LS began 10 years ago, and the first 1-2 seasons (coincidentally when I moved to the heart of LS) seemed like it might not survive. But more neighbors supported each year, leading to more & more vendors, and people started coming from outside the neighborhood to enjoy.

    To me, this is a neighbor's farmer's market. It is run from 10a-3p and vendors must adhere to this which leads to some confusion when others can't understand why the vendors aren't selling since the city markets & GCM start much earlier.

    While some may find Logan tough for parking, many don't realize the HUGE city lot on Kedzie behind the Blue Line is completely FREE ON SUNDAY, the day of the market. Driving to the heart of Lincoln Park on Sat is much more of a hassle to me. I used to go every so often but it's been a few years since I made the trek via Blue Line to Armitage bus.

    Different strokes for different folks, but given I stopped at the LS market twice yesterday, once at the beginning and again before the end for a couple July 4th items, I am so blessed to see the vibrancy of our neighborhood on display. Though I agree, some items could be priced a bit lower, but you don't have to purchase if you find them prohibitively expensive.

  • thanks for the info. i am used to the tiny farmer's market in suburban park forest where i moved of the oldest that i attended religiously. i am at calf and armitage now..and there is a small urban garden that sells stuff right out of the ground but only one or two items each sunday. so that's been tiding me over.

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