The Oak Park Farmers’ Market will open its 42nd season on Sat., May 20.
The Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from opening day through October in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake St., one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.
Opening day will feature seed-potting activities for children, as well as Go Green tables, with information to help families live and garden in more environmentally friendly ways. Special guests from the YMCA also will be giving out veggie-of-the-week cards that contain recipes for seasonal vegetables.
Other upcoming special events include the Oak Park Public Library’s book bike on May 27 and farm-related children’s activities on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from June through October.
In addition to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread and baked goods, the Market also features donuts made on-site, fresh coffee and live bluegrass music. Regional vendors will offer sustainable, organic and locally sourced goods again this season, including several heirloom products.
To help support Market administration, a variety of items will be sold at the information tent, including reusable shopping bags, t-shirts and travel mugs. Non-profit bake sales will be offered each Saturday as well as occasional cooking demonstrations featuring chefs from local restaurants.
A majority of the vendors now accept credit/debit cards, as well as WIC and senior coupons. All vendors accept Link cards.
Market volunteers needed
The annual Friends of the Farmers’ Market recruitment night is 7:30 to 9 p.m., Thurs., May 11 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.
This informal orientation session is intended for anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the Oak Park Farmers’ Market. Friends of the Market become part of this quintessential Village summer experience by helping out at the commissioners’ booth on Saturday mornings, volunteering at special events and contributing to the smooth running of the market.