O’Hare Airport gets very fresh with passengers

This is definitely the airport amenity of the week:

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport now has a farmer’s market selling basil, cilantro, thyme and other fresh herbs grown inside the airport’s aeroponic garden, fresh fruit from a local produce vendor, healthy snacks and to-go meals and, soon, products made with honey harvested from the airport’s apiary.

No more whining about fresh food at ORD. (Photo courtesy HMSHost)

Until now, most all the produce grown in O’Hare’s aeroponic garden was used exclusively by some of the HMSHost airport restaurants, including Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless, Blackhawks Restaurant, Wicker Park Seafood and Sushi, and Tuscany. Now passengers can take home some of the surplus herbs, which are packaged in nice to-go containers.

The O’Hare farmers market is located in Terminal 3, right below the O’Hare Urban Garden in the rotunda area near the entrance to Concourse G.

Given how green and sustainable O’Hare has become, I wouldn’t be surprised to soon see eggs for sale at the airport laid fresh that morning by a free-range flock of airport chickens.

The O’Hare Farmers Market is also stocking a wide variety of packaged snacks and meals. Photo courtesy HMSHost