Top Seven Farmers’ Markets
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Chicago’s North Shore Top Seven Farmers’ Markets
There’s nothing like a good farmers’ market.
Of course, if you cooking’s not your thing it might not be your idea of nirvana, but for those who worship the altar of fresh fruit and veggies, there’s just something holy and sublime about making your way up and down aisles and aisles of farm picked food. Fresh markets are a seasonal treat, and the warm morning sun beating down on your shoulders as you hunch over the stalls in search of the perfect peach or pint of raspberries feels like the pure form of simple joy.
The experience of a Farmer’s Market overrides virtually any (even sometimes outrageous expense. And even if it’s really not any fresher than the produce in the grocery store it just feels so much better.
Here’s our NorthShoreInsider.com list of the best farmer’s markets this season can offer:
1. Wilmette French MarketDay: Saurdays (Starting This Weekend!!)
Time: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Metra parking lot.
Starts April 26th
- European style open air market.
- Local and regional vendors featuring fresh produce, flowers and other products.
- Handmade jewelry, purses and garden art.
2. Evanston Farmer’s Market
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: University Pl. and Oak Ave.
Starts May 17th
- More than 30 vendors offering fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers and bakery items
- Free parking in the Maple Avenue parking garage.
- Sponsored by the City of Evanston.
3. Highland Park Farmer’s MarketDay: Fridays
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave.
Starts June 6th
- Conventional and organic produce.
- Fresh breads and baked goods, as well as flowers.
4. Northfield Farmer’s Market
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Happ Rd., across from New Trier’s freshman campus.
Starts June 7th
- Rain or shine.
- Locally-grown produce.
- Unique product offerings, including specialty Wisconsin cheeses, honey, maple syrup, herbal soaps, aromatherapy products, gourmet food items.
- Fresh-baked breads and sweets.
- Hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, shrubs, orchids and fresh-cut flowers.
5. Ravinia Farmer’s MarketDay: Wednesdays,
Time: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Dean Ave. between Roger Williams and St. James Ave.
Starts June 11th
- Locally- and regionally-grown fresh produce.
- Michigan fruits.
- Baked goods, meats and cheeses.
6. Deerfield Farmer’s MarketDay: Saturdays
Time: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Deerfield Rd. and Robert York Ave.
Starts June 14th
- Rain or shine.
- Located in the commuter lot.
- Features seasonal produce grown by farmers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
- Hand-crafted Wisconsin cheese.
- Fresh-cut flowers, potted flowering plants, annuals and perennials.
- Fresh baked goods.
- Sponsored by the Village of Deerfield.
7. Glenview Farmer’s Market
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd.
Starts June 21
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables grown by area farmers.
- Farmers market traditional fare such as fresh-cut flowers, jellies and preserves and fresh-baked goods.
- Parking also available at St. Peter and Paul Church located directly across the street.
- Free, guided “Farmhouse Living” tours every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sponsored by the Glenview Park District.
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