Going green…The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is doing its part to cut down on single-use plastic bags. While Market vendors are exempt from the Village’s 10-cent fee for single-use paper or plastic bags, officials are nonetheless encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable bags from week to week. This focus on sustainability also extends to bringing containers from home to transport small produce items like berries and bringing reusable cups for coffee and drinks. In keeping with the spirit of the ordinance, several Market vendors have decided to distribute compostable plastic bags to shoppers who don’t have a reusable bag. Find more information about the Village’s single-use bag initiative, including a list of 10 locations in Oak Park where free reusable bags are available, at www.oak-park.us/bringyourbag.
Corn roast…The Oak Park Farmers’ Market’s annual Corn Roast is set for Aug. 11. Guests can enjoy fresh-picked corn from market growers sold by the ear hot off the roaster from about 9 a.m. to noon. Be sure to bring cash as credit cards are not accepted when purchasing roasted corn, which is sold for $2 per ear.
Pie bake-off…The second annual Farmers’ Market Pie Bake-Off will be held Sept. 1. The pie baking contest is open to professional and amateur bakers age 16 and older. This year’s contest will be limited to 15 entries. Find the contest rules and registration form at www.oak-park.us/2018piebakeoff. Entry forms may be submitted from July 14 through Aug. 11 at the Farmers’ Market information tent or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week-to-week…Visit www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket for updated information about what’s coming up from week to week at the Market, including information about guest vendors, activities for kids and cooking demonstrations. The webpage also features information about all of the Market’s vendors, including links to their websites.
About the Market…The Farmers’ Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine every Saturday from opening day through October. The Market takes place in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake St., one block west of Ridgeland Ave.
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