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Local food springs into season

April 29, 2009 10:45:14 AM PDT
Over the next week or so, a lot of new items will pop up on local menus and in farmer's markets.
    It's the food lover's arrival of spring- and ABC7's Hungry Hound has three fine examples of it on local menus:

  • Seared Alaskan halibut, with local purple asparagus, wax and fava beans, sorrel, ramp vinaigrette
    MK
    868 N Franklin
    312-482-9179
    LOCAL INGREDIENTS: Purple asparagus, wax and fava beans
  • White asparagus risotto with sautéed ramps and Heritage Prairie Market's pea tendrils
    Niche
    14 S. Third St., Geneva
    630-262-1000
    LOCAL INGREDIENTS: White asparagus, ramps, pea tendrils
  • Brioche-Crusted Soft-Boiled Egg, Spring Greens, Radish Butter Crouton, radish vinaigrette
    North Pond
    2610 N Cannon Drive
    773-477-5845
    LOCAL INGREDIENTS: Sprouts, ramps, lettuces, cress

    LOCAL PRODUCERS:
  • Lettuce - Mike & Tina Werp (Werp Farm), Travis City, MI
  • Cress - Kathy (Twinhawks Farm), Hillsboro, WI
  • Ramps - Marty Travis (Spence Farm), Fairbury, IL
  • Radishes - Tracey Vowell (Three Sisters Garden), Kankakee, IL
  • Bread - Red Hen Bread, Chicago, IL

Many of Chicago's Farmers Markets start up in May. There are dozens of them across the area. List of Farmers Markets


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