I missed the first day at Federal Plaza on Tuesday, but I did manage to wander over to the opening of the Daley Plaza Farmer's Market today. These markets are a welcome change from the otherwise uninspiring loop lunch options. Today I enjoyed the live music and came away with a basil plant and a mint plant ($2.50 each) and baguette for dinner tonight ($1.50). Other items of note: Fresh mozzarella, honey from a northern Illinois apiary, asparagus that was harvested yesterday evening and crates of assorted potatoes. I will be sure to have more cash on me when I visit next week.
You can find a comprehensive list of Chicago farmer's markets here (the sidebar has the markets divided into downtown, weekly and other). I am anxiously awaiting the Logan Square market opening on June 3rd.
Additionally, for those not in Chicago the USDA has a listing of farmer's markets by state or you can search by zip code at Local Harvest.
Wandering through the Daley Plaza offerings today made me miss my old garden in Hyde Park so much! If only my new neighborhood had such a thing. . .