(CBS) – It may not feel like spring right now, but it’s an annual rite of spring here in Chicago: the dozens of farmers markets all across the area.

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports on why farmers like to be a part and why customers keep coming back.

The business is as brisk as the weather at the Green City Market.

These farmers are growing it and selling it. But the historically cold winter was not kind.

Nevertheless, the city kicked off its market season this week in Daley Plaza, which runs every Thursday from 7a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s one of 48 farmers markets, 24 run by the city, 24 for not-for-profit.

Yescenia Mota has been running the markets for the city for 12 years now.

“You are being waited on by the person who grew it, spent months cultivating the land and harvesting and is now selling to you,” Mota says.

Every year the popularity of both the city and private markets grows.

New this year, more of the farmers markets in Chicago will now have evening hours. For more information, click here.