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Oak Park Farmers Market

The Oak Park Farmers' Market offers high quality, locally grown produce in the friendly, historic Village of Oak Park. The market is a step back into simpler times . . . buying things from the farmers who grow them, surrounded by the sounds of live bluegrass music, the smell of fresh, homemade donuts and an incredible variety of nature's bounty.

The market is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. Market hours are 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Saturday from May 23 through Oct. 31, 2015.

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  • No Bicycles in the Market - for safety reasons, bicycles may not be ridden in the market. They may be parked on the perimeter or walked through the market.
  • No Smoking – be considerate of your fellow shoppers. Please don't smoke within the market area.
  • No Pets - state health codes prohibit pets of any kind on market premises while the market is in operation, except support animals trained to assist their physically challenged owners. Many patrons leave their dogs tied to sign posts or trees around the perimeter of the market.
  • No Soliciting - soliciting or circulating petitions are not allowed on market premises while the market is in operation.

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Most of the nearby streets offer parking during market hours. Parking also is available in the Oak Park and River Forest High School High School garage just west of the market. Parking in the garage is free to market patrons until 1 p.m.

Ample free parking also is available south of the train tracks and east of the market. Be aware that parking regulations are enforced in the area and athletic events at the high school often create competition for prime parking spaces, both on the street and in the garage. Handicapped parking is available at the Lake Street entrance to the market.

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Every Saturday of the market season a crew of donut makers arrives at Pilgrim Church in the early hours of the morning to make fresh coffee, juice and donuts for market patrons. The donuts are old-fashioned cake donuts, served warm and covered with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or plain. Buy them singly or by the dozen. Various local non-profit organizations take part in the donut efforts, earning money for the church and their organizations.

Market patrons can sit at a table - outside if it's nice, inside if the weather isn't cooperating - and enjoy donuts, while listening to live bluegrass music provided by local musicians.

Come early. Donuts often sell out before noon.

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Two bake sales are held each market by Oak Park non-profit organizations. For more information, contact the Market Manager at 708.358.5780 or farmersmarket@oak-park.us. The 2015 bake sale application is available on the Documents & Applications page. Bake sale spots are assigned in the order applications are received.

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Every day at the market is special, but some days are scheduled to be even more special. And whenever these special events happen, they are open to everyone, with treats and activities free of charge while they last. The special events usually happen from about 9 - 11a.m. Special events for the 2015 season will be posted when details are finalized.

  • June 27 - 10 a.m. Children's Storytime with the Oak Park Public Library, plus Scavenger Hunt
  • Aug. 15 - 9 a.m. to noon, Corn Roast
  • Oct. 31 - Stone soup marks the final Market of the season, plus children's storytime with the Oak Park Public Library

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[collapse collapsed title=Meet the Farmers!]

Independent farmers and producers from around the Midwest bring their goods to the market each week. VOP-TV has profiled several vendors over the years. Get to know these farmers and what drives them to produce local food.




 

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All market vendors accept cash payments, and many accept credit and debit payments. If the vendor does not accept debit or credit at their booth, Market staff can process credit and debit payments at the Information Tent. Customers can also pay with Link cards at the Information Tent.

For a limited time, the Market offers a Link Double Coupon matching program, which gives Link card users $1 in coupons for each $1 in Market purchases, up to $20. These coupons can be used as cash to make additional purchases during the market season. Since this program is available for a limited time, customers should call the Farmers’ Market manager at 708.358.5780 to confirm if coupons are still available.

Many vendors also accept the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program $3 coupons. Customers should inquire with the vendor directly to determine if the the coupons can be accepted. Oak Park Farmers’ Market does not issue these coupons.

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