Rooting for vegetables at the Winter Market.Photo by Anne Bodine

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The weather outside is frightful, but Evanstonians can find a reprieve from the cold every Saturday morning at the Winter Market located inside the Ecology Center. Although not nearly as abundant with fruits and vegetables as the summer markets, the Winter Market has plenty of fresh, local foods to offer shoppers.

 Apples, pears, potatoes, squash, leeks, onions, carrots, spinach, turnips and even frozen blueberries are just a few of the items brought in every weekend from farmers throughout the Midwest. Shoppers can also find grass-fed meats, baked goods and many prepared foods from local artisans.  

“It is winter and we don’t live in California, but people are often surprised by how much we have to offer,” said Diane Khouri Joseph, co-manager of the Winter Market. “For people who like to eat seasonally and appreciate the interaction with farmers and vendors, this is a great place.”

The Winter Market is run by Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets, a non-profit organization that educates the public about eating fresh and locally grown food. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Winter Market runs through April 25.