Sure, they’re haphazard and overpriced, but there’s something about Chicago’s farmers markets that make us want to crack open our wallets and exchange greens with people from far-off exotic places like Michigan, and Indiana.
This was the scene yesterday at the farmers market at Federal Plaza. It looks like a pretty good turnout in terms of vendors. Last year was paltry, and some markets even shut down due to lack of farmers. Blame the economy. We’ve talked to more than one vendor who ran the numbers and figured out that it’s not worth the gas to drag product up to Chicago from downstate. That might explain why a simple zucchini bread costs twice what you’d pay in a store. Yet somehow, we still keep buying them.