Midwest Magic

        Sometimes old habits are hard to break.
     Even though on a recent trip to Chicago, I didn’t have a kitchen to cook in (or the time to cook) I couldn’t resist a Saturday morning visit to the Green City Market. 
     Staged in Lincoln Park, it has over 55 local producers and farmers that bring everything from berries to bread, a slew of chefs, and a musician (or two).
     I gathered an armful of sunflowers (for our daughters dining table), a bunch of basil, a bottle of olive oil, and fresh pickles for pickle pesto (see recipe next door). 
    Later that night (served with a loaf of fresh bread and some Illinois-raised Bovidae goat cheese) I could taste the soil and sweet grasses that was the magic of my Midwestern childhood. 

And we ate well.

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Peaches
don’t grow JUST in Georgia

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Pickled Veggies

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Peppers
in a rainbow of colors

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Zucchini Blossoms
are wonderful lightly sauteed.

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Heirloom Tomatoes

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The herb Perilla of the mint family.
Used in sushi and in iced tea- always the tea.

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Sunflowers
(I once saw a field of these change direction to follow the sun. Amazing)

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Savory pies.
Yummy!

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Onions
and turnip root.

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Garlic and Mushrooms.

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Cucumber
variety unknown

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Breads

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Amaranthus flower-
great for drying

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Berries

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Blonde Carrot

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Leek and Eggplant
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A Music Man


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But, just one over-the-top
flower stand.
There were many!





   

   




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