Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Farmstand Opens Downtown

Chicago's Downtown Farmstand opened on October 1 as a pilot. They are located in the Loop at 66 E. Randolph and are open 5 days a week through mid-December (Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m). They plan to re-open in the Spring. Products come from within 250 miles of the city!

The Farmstand was put together by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. The Farmstand's refrigerated cases currently chill various apples, jugs of cider, preserves, small pumpkins, and greens like Swiss chard, arugula, and spigariello. Shelves and baskets are stocked full of locally grown beans, artisan bread (Red Hen Bakery), jars of vegetable dips, and locally roasted coffee. You'll also find Brussels sprouts, onion, peppers, green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes. Behind the counter near the registers, they'll make you a smoothie of cider, fruit and ice.

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