Mmm Mmm Monday: Green City Market

For weeks I've been seeing pictures and hearing all about Green City Market. But nothing prepared me for what I discovered when I stepped off the bus last Saturday morning.

After a morning of yoga in Millennium Park and quick stop by Starbucks, I hopped a bus North and took a wander through the Green City Market in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

Green City Market

Perhaps it was the zen-ish mood I was in, but I think there was an angel chorus singing as I walked up. My jaw dropped. I'm not gonna lie, it was a little bit of delicious overload.

Green City Market

I went in expecting to find an abundance of beautiful fresh vege. (I'm channeling Gordon Ramsay there. Did ya catch it?) Of course, I wasn't disappointed. The market was bountiful.

What I wasn't prepared for was the selection of fresh meat, eggs, baked goods and prepared foods to enjoy while I browsed. And I might have squealed when I walked by the live bluegrass band!

The atmosphere couldn't have been more idyllic.

Green City Market

After walking around, maybe five times I grabbed a lamb filled hand pie from Hoosier Mama Pie Company to help fuel my decision. It was rich, flaky and totally decadent. I savored every bite.

But it didn't help me decide.

Confession: I left the market last Saturday with NOTHING. I'm not even kidding. There was so much goodness that I couldn't narrow down what I wanted most. It's crazy, I know. And I kicked myself when I got home.

You better believe that when I went back on Wednesday morning, I made sure to fill up my bag with lots of fruit and veggies. Even though there seemed to be fewer vendors there on Wednesday than Saturday, I had no problem finding plenty of yummy treats. We've been enjoying them all week and I can't wait to go back again Wednesday.

If you're in Chicago and you haven't made a trip to the Green City Market, I would definitely say it's worth a trip or 5. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays all year long from 7am until 1pm. Come prepared to eat, shop and enjoy.

Are you an outdoor market shopper 
or do you stick to the produce aisle of the grocery store?