The Low-Line Market at Southport
One of my favorite summertime pastimes in Chicago is the farmer’s markets. Chicagoans are really spoiled with a slew of farmer’s markets to choose from — downtown, nestled in neighborhoods and some that are even open in the evenings. I love being able to pick up fresh produce for dinner or even the whole week at a fraction of the price I’d pay at Whole Paycheck. And given our proximity to Wisconsin, there are always cheese curds to be had. Bonus!
So when I found out about a new farmer’s market just a stone’s throw away from home, I had to check it out. The Low-Line Market sits under the Southport brown line stop in Lakeview, and this is the first year for it. It’s held on Thursdays from 4 – 8 p.m. (until September 12th when it ends at 7 p.m.), and I love that a) it stretches into the evening, and b) it runs through mid-October. I see kettle corn and caramel apples in my future. Not only that, but they actually have stuff left in the evening, as was evidenced by a recent trip there at about 6:30 p.m.
While a relatively small farmer’s market, The Low-Line Market had a fairly decent selection when I went, and of course, all from local farmers and purveyors. Personally, I prefer smaller, more manageable markets like this as opposed to huge, crowded ones like Green City Market anyway.
There seemed to be more baked goods than fresh produce or meat, so if you have a sweet tooth, this place is definitely worth checking out. But we skipped past the pastries to grab produce and massive pork steaks for Friday night dinner. I couldn’t resist the Wisconsin cheese and butter stand, though, and picked up this ridiculous garlic basil butter from Nordic Creamery. I can attest to its heavenly-ness when schmeared on a warm, toasty bagel (hungry yet?).
Next time we’ll definitely be hitting up Puffs of Doom, since I foolishly missed out on the fact that in addition to their sweet puffs, they have savory, too. A jalapeno popper chicken puff would’ve made for a great dinner.