Get Ready for Farmers Market Season

Chicago's City Farmers Market season starts in May! If you're ready to embrace Barbara Kingsolver's ethics of eating locally, as demonstrated in the 2016-2017 One Book, One Chicago book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, here are some ways to get started.

First, check the schedule of farmers markets in Chicago! There are many markets, and there's probably at least one located near your home, work or school.

Next, get ready to cook! If you're someone who goes to the farmers market and buys a lot of vegetables, but isn't quite sure what to do when you get them home, these books are for you.

One of the first things available at Chicago farmers markets are leafy greens and vegetables. Take advantage of the many varieties of lettuce and pack a Salad in A Jar for lunch.

Those tables of carrots and beets and potatoes look beautiful lined up at the farmers market stalls, but what to do with them when you get them home? Roots will give you lots of recipes, plus more information on these superfoods.

Are you one of the many Chicagoans who spends a lot of time training for races and other athletic events during the summer months? There's a special book just for you: Run Fast, Eat Slow, which provides healthy recipes designed with runners and athletes in mind, utilizing ingredients you'll find at your farmers market.

Few summer afternoons are more enjoyable than those spent grilling with family and friends. If you're planning on hosting a summer party, you need to check out The Summer Table's fantastic recipes just for the flavors and holidays of this season, including many healthy dishes with lots of fruits and veggies.

Finally, take some advice from a famous fan of Chicago farmers markets, Oprah Winfrey. Her new cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, has over a hundred recipes, plus stories and memories from Oprah.

Do you have a favorite summer recipe to share, or a great tip on shopping at the farmers market? Let us know in the comments!

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