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Our Favorite Farmers’ Market Prepared-Food Stands

The Logan Square Farmers Market (Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee Avenue and Whipple Street, Sundays through October 29) is a great place to provision a meal. And with some of the best prepared-food stands in the city, it may be an even better place to eat one.

Indian Fare

Chiya Chai Café
Photo: Jason Little

Grab a cup of freshly brewed hot or iced chai ($3.75 for a small) or a cool strawberry lassi ($4 for a small)—and order some creamy masala chicken ($7.50) while you’re at it.

 


Video by DS Shin

Snow Cones

Jo Snow Syrups

Melissa Yen slings snow cones ($3 to $6) made with her naturally flavored syrups. The rhubarb and black pepper and the tangerine, lavender, and honey are perennial summer favorites.

 

Crêpes

Gotta B Crepes
Photo: Dennis Biela/Lightspeed Media

Do brunch and dessert with savory and sweet crêpes ($5 to $15). Try the Sweet Sensation, with chocolate sauce, Nutella, or housemade caramel sauce. (Check @gottabcrepes for this stall’s schedule.)

Veggie Burgers

The Amazing Kale Burger
Photo: Jason Little

The Evanston-based vegan takeout joint has created a miracle burger ($7) of greens, mushrooms, and black beans. This stand has an irregular schedule, so if you see it, seize the moment.

Skewers

Pecking Order
Photo: Jason Little

Chef Kristine Subido and her mom, Melinda, dish up Filipino favorites like stir-fried rice noodles ($7), softball-size empanadas ($5), and grilled chicken and pork adobo ($7 for two skewers).

 

Chocolates

Katherine Anne Confections
Photo: Jason Little

The flavors of Katherine Duncan’s iced drinking chocolates ($5) change weekly. Her Dreamsicle and salted caramel (pictured) are not to be missed.

 

Sausages

The Radler
Photo: Courtesy of The Radler

Don’t know your bockwurst from your knackwurst? The Radler crew will set you straight with handmade versions of essential German encased meats ($7), nestled in crusty rolls.

Gazpacho

Karl’s Craft Soup
Photo: Jason Little

While Karl Bader sells some soups ($6 for 12 ounces) that need reheating, he also offers up cold varieties—like watermelon gazpacho—that are refreshingly ready to eat.


Honorable Mentions

Logan Square isn’t the only market with great food stands.

Tacos

Antique Taco at the Sunday City Market (1000 W. 35th St.)
Photo: Anna Knott

Rick and Ashley Ortiz of Antique Taco are making good use of their Bridgeport location’s huge parking lot: Starting July 9, they’ll host the new weekly Sunday City Market (1000 W. 35th St.), with around 15 vendors, including Growing Power Chicago (fruits and vegetables), Hinton Cannery (pickles and other preserved foods), and Stamper Cheese Company. Plus, there’ll be breakfast tacos. —C.S.

Pizza

Hearth & Market’s traveling pizza oven
Photo: Courtesy of Hearth & Market

The pies from Hearth & Market’s traveling pizza oven , which journeys from southwest Michigan to the 61st Street Farmers Market (6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Saturdays from May to October), come with such offbeat toppings as marigolds and blueberries. Bonus: The produce is grown or foraged on the farm of vendors Steve Zieverink and Wendy Uhlman. —J.R.F.

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