Where did June go? I have been back from my travels a few weeks now, and hitting Green City Market every Saturday morning. Gone are the English peas, asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb! But at this unofficial mid-point of summer, local farmers are peddling the fruits and produce that early July in the Midwest brings: blueberries, raspberries, cherries, the first peaches, and varied salad greens, kale, chards, kale, beets, and other unusual verdure. And like a scrawny youngster who turns into a sprawling teen seemingly overnight, Green City Market has grown—from nine stands a dozen years ago to nearly 60 this season.
You can get just about everything you could want at this market, and today, feeling in a patriotic mood in preparation for the Fourth of July, I decided to pick up an all-American cherry pie from Paula Haney’s Hoosier Mama Pie Company. Well, that’s not completely true. I was prepared to digress on tradition and get a raspberry pie instead (which I had sampled last week but passed on for the last of strawberry-rhubarb). And besides, as it’s early in the cherry season, Hoosier Mama was not selling cherry pies yet. In fact, there were hardly any pies left by the time I arrived. I was lucky to snag a small strawberry (small $8, large $23), most likely the last of the season.
But there’s no reason to stop with just strawberry pie for the Fourth. Why not add something blue? The rustic seasonal fruit galettes at Floriole Bakery always elicit oohs and ahs for their impressive presentation. Sourced with fruits from the market, they taste as good as they look. Present this blueberry-cherry tart (large $28) alongside any red pie, top either or both with vanilla ice cream, and your guests will have a new reason to celebrate the red, white, and blue.
Green City Market
1750 N. Clark Street
(Lincoln Park at Clark and LaSalle)
7:00 am – 1:00 pm