With warmer weather brings the desire to eat fresh, healthy, foods. What better place to go for those items than your local farmers' market? While it is easy to get all of your grocery shopping done in one stop at your local grocery store, there are many benefits to shopping at a farmers' market.
- Shop in-season fruits and vegetables
- Support your local economy
- It’s a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen by letting them pick a new item to try
- Fresher fruits and vegetables-locally grown items have shorter distances to travel so they spend little time sitting on a shelf.
Are you ready to check out a farmer’s market near you?
Downers Grove hosts a farmers' market at the Main Street Train Station, open May 7-October 15 from 7:00am-12:30pm. The market offers a variety of potted plants for sale, fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, specialty food items and more.
Visit the Elmhurst Farmers' Market on Wednesdays, June 1-October at York and Vallette from 7:00am until 1:00. Vendors highlights include Nichols Farm & Orchard, Apple Holler, and Soule Solstice Farm.
The La Grange Farmers' Market runs May 6 through October for the 2016 season. It is open on Thursdays from 7:00am until 1:00pm. A few highlights include The Cheese People, Jake’s Country Meats, Walt Skibbe Farms, and many more!
If you are in the Naperville area, you can visit a farmers' market on Wednesdays, beginning June 8 and running through September 21. The market is located at St. Johns’s Episcopal Church from 3:00pm until 7:00pm. Highlights include salsa, baked goods, locally grown fruits and vegetables, nut butters, and more.
Oak Park hosts a farmers' market at Pilgrim Church on Saturdays from May 21 through October. The market, open 7:00am until 1:00pm, is host to vendors such as Hardin’s Family Farm, Herbally Yours, and Geneva Lakes Produce Farm.
Palos Heights and area residents can find a farmers' market in the municipal parking lot on Harlem Avenue. The market runs Wednesdays, May 4 through October 12, from 7:00am until 1:00pm. Vendors include Hiemenz Nursery, Zeldenrust Farms, Camille’s Confections, and many more.