Farmers Market Tamales


Working in downtown Chicago can have some major perks. Like being able to walk to an amazing farmer’s market over lunch.  I have been doing to the Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market nearly every week this summer. They have some astounding farms offering a wide variety of fruits and veggies, all picked quite recently if not that very morning. Vendors selling soaps, baked goods, and so much more. It’s a great way for me to get out of the office and take a break from the library for an hour.


One of my favorite parts about the market is the mushroom vendor: River Valley Ranch and Kitchens. They carry a wide variety of salsas, pickles, and (obviously) mushrooms. The call “Tamales! Get your hot tamales!” can be heard across the market from these guys.

I know, I know. Tamales? At a mushroom vendor?

Oh yes. They sell mushroom tamales. And they are amazing. You get two tamales per order topped with heirloom tomato salsa and the option to get portobello chili, a cheesy garlic spread, or both. I always go for the chili with some extra salsa. It’s so good! So good it deserves a close-up.


Delicious mushroom filling wrapped in heavenly soft masa dough all smothered in salsa and chili. I look forward to them every week. As do an increasing amount of folks.

After a lunch of delicious tamales, it’s off for a bit of grocery shopping. We picked up some deliciously fresh veggies for some exciting recipes for the coming weekend. Don’t worry, you’ll find out what those are soon enough.


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