May 15, 2023 -- The Oak Park Farmers’ Market opens its 48th continuous season this Saturday, May 20. Oak Park area residents and visitors are invited to enjoy this dynamic marketplace that brings fresh produce, meats, cheese, eggs, baked goods, breads, flowers, honey, and grains from more than 275 acres of productive farmland in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.
The Market features more than two dozen vendors and various activities throughout the season. It is held Saturday (rain or shine) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 28 in the Pilgrim Church parking lot, 460 Lake St.
“This may prove to be our best year yet with your favorite vendors returning, new food artisans, more Certified Organic produce, chef demonstrations, expanded Go Green Days, native plant sales, children’s activities, bake sales, the famous Church donuts and fresh coffee, live bluegrass music, children’s power of produce program, and an expanded variety of product and popular annual special events,” said Oak Park Farmers’ Market Manager Colleen McNichols.
"We're honored to continue this longstanding tradition of supporting family farmers,” said Julia Knier, chair of the Oak Park Farmers Market Commission. "I'm proud of our commission and many volunteers who work with the market manager and health department to make this possible. The market opening is a celebration of the collaboration and effort of the last six months and we can't wait to welcome you!"
Parking is available on streets adjacent to the market, as well as in the OPRF High School parking structure off Scoville Ave. The site is also accessible via public transportation. Courtesy of Oak Park Township, transportation offering curb-to-curb service will pick up anyone (all ages) who lives in Oak Park or River Forest for a suggested $1 donation and provide them a round-trip ride to the Market. Reserve a pick-up by calling 708.383.4806 on weekday mornings.
Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and coffee cups, to the Oak Park Farmers’ Market, as well as small reusable lidded storage containers (i.e. small used yogurt containers) for berries and other goodies.
A majority of vendors at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market accept cash, credit/debit cards, as well as WIC and Senior Coupons. All approved food vendors accept SNAP/LINK cards for payment.
“We welcome everyone,” continued McNichols. “And we are proud to match SNAP/Link Card purchases up to $25 per cardholder.”
As always, there are special events at the Market scattered throughout the season. Opening day and May 27 are designated as Go Green Days with local experts highlighting sustainability efforts in Oak Park and Cook County. The annual Corn Roast will take place in mid-August, while the Pie Bake-off is slated for Sept. 9. A new event this year, the Heritage Apple Festival, takes place on Sept. 30 before the Market wraps up with the annual Stone Soup celebration on closing day, Oct. 28.
For more information about the Oak Park Farmers’ Market, visit www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket, call 708.358.5780 or email email@example.com.