The Oak Park Farmers’ Market will open its 40th season on Sat., May 23. The Farmers’ Market will be 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. 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 and Link cards. For more information call 708.358.5780, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket.
The annual Friends of the Market recruitment night is 7:30 p.m., Thurs., May 14 in the community room at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. These volunteers 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. This informal orientation session is intended for anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the Oak Park Farmers’ Market.