Bright and early every Saturday morning from mid-May to the end of October local farmers begin setting up their wares at the Pilgrim Church parking lot on Lake Street and Elmwood Avenue before 7am to meet the produce demands of those who flock to Oak Park’s 41 year old farmers market.
Farmers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan make their way to Oak Park on a weekly basis to deliver the type of seasonal fresh fruits and veggies we Oak Parkers (and beyond our borders) are craving. Opening day 2016 saw an abundance of rhubarb, lettuce, asparagus and strawberries – all a part of an early spring harvest bounty! Along with the ever changing variety of produce are an assortment of salsas, jams, honey, bread, cheese and organic grass fed meat to help balance any non-vegetarian/vegan meal.
We always have to pay some homage to the Farmer’s Market donuts – generally our first stop at the market. The donuts/donut making skills are sponsored weekly by one of Oak Park’s many worthy charitable organizations as a part of their fundraising efforts. So not only are the donuts downright delicious the purchase of these donuts are doing their part to make the world a better place overall! Also, we’d like to give those manning the making of the donuts a hand because from what we’ve been told they are all volunteers who show up to start the donuts in the wee hours (3 am-ish) of the morning.
And finally, to top off your healthy and not so healthy food purchases is the Oak Park Farmer’s Market band – still going strong after all these years – will be your bluegrass entertainment as you nibble away on your market treats.