LINCOLN PARK — The Green City Market is moving outdoors Saturday and will feature a handful of new vendors.
The farmers market, which is Chicago's largest, will kick off the outdoor season with a demonstration on how to container garden in the city followed by two chef demonstrations.
The market has received a lot of interest from Chicagoans new to gardening, and organizers hope the class will start them off on the right foot.
"It's becoming quite a popular thing to do," said Erin Riley-Strong, spokeswoman for the market.
Jeanne Nolan, of the Organic Gardner and Edible Gardens, will lead the demonstration in the chef demo tent starting at 9:30 a.m.
Although the best days for the move outdoors might have passed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the gloomy weekend forecast doesn't have Riley-Strong upset.
"We are just happy to be outside," she said.
The market will open at 7 a.m. with five new vendors on board, including an organic milk vendor, a potted plant vendor and a tofu vendor.
The tofu vendor from last year went out of business, but due to its popularity, the market found a replacement, according to Riley-Strong.
The market will be open outdoors every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 26.
Tickets to the Green City Market Chef's BBQ Benefit also go on sale Saturday.
That event, on July 18, is a picnic-style cookout showcasing some of Chicago's top eats from nearly 100 chefs and restaurants, along with local beers, wines and cocktails.
The market has also extended the due date to submit recipes for its seasonal market-inspired cookbook until Thursday.