Saturday marked the last outdoor market of the season for Green City Market, which always seems to come too soon and means winter is not too far off, especially as major snowfalls hit the East coast this past weekend. But it still officially is fall. And we were grateful to have sun in Chicago and farm stands overflowing with apples, pears, concord grapes, peppers, squashes, pumpkins, and greens. Lots of options for autumnal dishes and lots of color.
I came primarily to buy apples this visit. Although I admit to getting caught up in the Honey Crisp craze and still love Golden Russets, I’ve discovered another less-popular variety of apple that I’ve come to like (and are cheaper than Honey Crisps): the Cameo. “It’s one of the best kept secrets,” says one of the staff at Mick Klug’s stand. Whereas Honey Crisps can be watery, I find the Cameo to be dense, just as crisp, and pleasantly sweet.
As usual, though, my two shopping bags filled up with more, including sweet potatoes, broccoli, and spinach. As I was leaving, I came across this dark green tat soi. It also goes by the name of spoon mustard, spinach mustard, or rosette bok choy. I have never tried it, but was told it has a taste between mustard greens and spinach. You can add the spoon-shaped leaves to salads, sautée them, or add them to stir-fry dishes. The stalks can be used as you would use celery. Like many greens, it is high in minerals and vitamins.
I was shopped out by the time I came across this huge cabbage. Knowing that the Midwest’s frost-free nights are numbered, I just had to take a photograph to preserve the end of the season’s beauty.
Green City Market
1750 N. Clark Street
(Lincoln Park at Clark and LaSalle)
7:00 am – 1:00 pm