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Ultimate Guide to Farmers Markets on Chicago's North Shore

There's no shortage of farmers markets on Chicago's North Shore. And thanks to different vendors, entertainment, educational opportunities and other fun offerings, no two farmers markets are the same. Check out our ultimate guide to farmers markets on Chicago's North Shore below.


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When: Saturdays through Nov. 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Intersections of University Place and Oak Ave., Evanston (behind the Hilton Garden Inn)
Why You Should Go: The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market is celebrating 42 years this summer making it a North Shore summer staple. In addition to the usual finds (fruits, veggies, cheese, baked goods, flowers) from nearly 60 vendors, you can meet local artists with the market’s Homegrown Artist Program. And kids will love the Spud Club, free for kids ages 2-12. With a free membership, kids can enjoy a variety of farm-related activities throughout the season. You can get here by bus — CTA Bus #93, to be exact — running every 25-30 minutes, or park for free (with validation) in the 1800 Maple Avenue Self Park Garage. LINK cards are accepted.
When: Saturdays through Oct. 14, 2017, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Wyman Green, Glencoe
Why You Should Go: Bringing local and healthier ingredients, arts and crafts and delicious foods to downtown Glencoe, the French Market is back! Make plans to head out to Wyman Green this summer to browse and shop the fresh produce, baked goods, meats and cheeses, crafts and much more.

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When: Saturdays, June 24 to Oct. 28, 2017, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Wagner Farm Parking Lot, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview

Why You Should Go:
Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview is the site of this weekly farmers market, where you can find everything from bison and lamb to natural cosmetics and dog treats. Stop by the Green Table to learn from local sustainable living experts or the Community Booth, where a local nonprofit will have a bake sale and/or information on their group. And as you’re walking around, enjoy live music from a rotation of musicians and bands. Vendors at the Glenview Farmers Market also donate to the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Click here to find out what events will take place each Saturday (including a Barnyard Animal Parade on opening day) and when certain vendors will be available. LINK and SNAP cards are accepted.

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When: Wednesdays, June 21 to Oct. 11, 2017, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Cherry Lane and Meadow Road, Northbrook
Why You Should Go: Switch things up and shop farm-fresh produce during the week in Northbrook. This market’s goal is to “educate residents on the benefits of buying local, eating healthy, and living green,” and that starts with the youngest members of your family. Kids ages 4-12 can join the Explorer’s Club and learn about new foods and how to prepare them, as well as local food systems, by exploring the market and receiving vouchers to buy goods. Plus, dogs are welcome. On July 12, visit for Summer Stock Day, when you can bring dry and canned goods, cleaning products and more to help stock the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Other theme days include Gardening Day (June 29), Senior Day (Aug. 30) and Li’l Pumpkins Day (Oct. 11). Learn more about the market’s BYOBags Rewards program here. SNAP benefits are accepted.
When: Sundays, June 11 to Nov. 5, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 5127 Oakton St., Skokie
Why You Should Go: Voted “Best on the North Shore” by North Shore Magazine, the Skokie Farmers Market draws as many as 2,500 people every week and features fresh goods from four states. This year, the market, which opened in 1975, includes vendors Amazing Kale Burger, Ellis Family Farms, Noffke Family Farms, R&B Miller Farms Inc., That Pickle Guy, The Cheese People and more. Before you head out, view the village’s handy map so you know exactly where to go and make the most of your time at the market. When you’re done shopping, find a bench or grassy spot for a picnic in the Village Green. Free parking and bicycle parking is available and public transportation in nearby.

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When: July 15-16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Why You Should Go: Don’t miss your chance to shop local, sustainable goods with the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden as your backdrop. Find produce, flowers, herbs and more products from vendors who will be able to talk and answer your questions on the garden’s Esplanade. This year’s group of vendors includes The Chunky Scones, Elsie Mae’s Cannery and Pies, Sitka Salmon, Tabal Chocolate and many more. Then, find out how to use your finds during the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Garden Chef Series.
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This entry was posted in Dining, Events, Outdoors, and tagged Farmers Markets, on May 23, 2017.

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