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Fresh Air and Fresh Food at Local Farmers Markets

Peppers, pansies, and pastries, oh my! There’s no place like your local farmer’s market. Freshly picked, in-season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition when you get food straight from the people who farmed it. Open air markets are safe and pleasant with quality food, flowers, and specialty goods from regional sources. This year, markets have added safety measures which may include pre-order and pre-pay options from many vendors. Be sure to check their websites (links below) and watch for signage instructions to find what you need with ease.

For parking and other details, see our Summer Farmers Market page.

Skokie Farmers Market
5127 Oakton St., Skokie (new location for 2020)
Sundays, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Jun. 7–Nov. 1
The first Farmers' Market in Skokie opened with a dozen vendors in Jun. of 1975 and has since been voted "Best on the North Shore" by North Shore Magazine. Farmers and vendors from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin drive in with their fresh selections of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and flowers, often picked just hours before they set up their booths and welcome you. Add other favorites from That Pickle Guy, Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam, and more to compliment your shopping list.

Skokie Farmers Market
Skokie Farmers Market

Downtown Evanston Farmers Market
Downtown Evanston, University Place and Oak Ave., Evanston
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. –7:30 a.m. for seniors and disabled shoppers)
May 2–Nov. 7
Ramp up your summer recipes with delicious ingredients. Celebrating its 45th season, the Evanston Farmers Market is bursting with flavorful blueberries, homemade pies, just-picked asparagus, and grass-fed ground beef from more than forty farmers and other vendors. Specialty treats like spiced roasted cashews or organic fair-trade coffee beans bring a little flair to your open-air shopping. Local restaurants take turns with easy carry-out food like tamales or BBQ.

Evanston Farmers Market
Evanston Farmers Market

Winnetka Farmers Market
Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Jun. 6–Oct. 17
Bring home some of the most luscious, fresh-picked fruits and vegetables your family has ever tasted. You will be tempted by beautiful blooming plants, shrubs, cut flowers, cheeses, and a variety of mouth-watering baked goods. Wonderful specialty items like soaps and lotions, jewelry, or frozen homemade pesto are also on offer (and they make great gifts!).

Winnetka Farmers Market
Winnetka Farmers Market

Northbrook Farmers Market
Downtown Northbrook, Cherry Lane & Meadow Rd., Northbrook
Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Jun. 17–Oct. 14
This nonprofit, all-volunteer market is one of more than 8,600 events across the country that celebrate the value farmers markets bring to their communities. Their goal is to educate residents on the benefits of buying local, eating healthy, and living green, as well as supporting local farming families and other entrepreneurs. In addition to a colorful array of fresh fruit and veggies, you might find aged parmesan and asiago from The Cheese People, pasture-raised meat from Farmer Nicks, or raw honey from Saad’s Bees.

Northbrook Farmers Market
Northbrook Farmers Market

Glenview Farmers Market
Parking lot of Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Late Jun.–Mid-Oct.
Directly across from the still working, early-20th-century Historic Wagner Farm, the Glenview Farmers Market is a vital fresh food source for thousands of area residents. The market’s mission is to build a local, sustainable, intelligent, dynamic, and ethical food system, with local farms at its core. While no ready-to-eat food or community event tables will be on-hand this summer, you’ll still find gorgeous seasonal produce and meats.

Glenview Farmers Market at Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview Farmers Market at Historic Wagner Farm


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