It is the season for farmer’s market around here, so this edition of Whole Wednesday is going to focus on where they are available, when they operate, and what you might find. To find farmer’s markets in your area, check out Local Harvest.

The trick to saving when buying produce is to buy it when it is in season.  Most school children don’t realize that vegetables aren’t made in stores.  By buying produce when it is best harvested, you get the best produce, at the best prices.  For example: strawberries are coming into season now, so they are on sale EVERYWHERE.  Squashes and pumpkins will go on sale in September/October.  If you buy things out of season, you do pay a premium.

At farmers’ markets you can find almost anything.  Of course, there is locally-grown produce, but you may also see dairy products, including eggs and cheese, homemade wines, homemade pastas, and I have even seen homemade salsas, honeys, and hummus!  Baked goods are generally prevalent, as are homemade soaps and candles.  Some farmers markets have activities for children and entertainment throughout the day.  It is a great outing for the family, it’s FREE (unless you’re buying!), and a great way to support local farms. The vendors can tell you how to choose the best item, how to cook with it, and even give you some recipes! Most will let you sample the different varieties to find one you like.

Olde Schaumburg Centre Farmers Market

  • Fridays June 11-October 29 7am-1pm
  • Trickster Gallery parking lot; 190 S Roselle Road.
  • Nearest intersection: Roselle/Schaumburg Rd.
  • In the same area as Dominick’s and the Schaumburg Township Public Library.

Barlett Farmers Market

  • Fridays June 4-September 30 2-6pm
  • Bartlett Town Center, intersection of Main St/Railroad Ave

Elk Grove Village Farmers Market

  • Wednesdays June 2-September 29 7a-1p
  • Pavilion, intersection of Wellington/Biesterfield

Palatine Farmers Market

  • Saturdays May-October 7a-1p
  • Intersection of Wood St/Smith St

Elgin Harvest Market

  • Thursdays June-October 10a-4p
  • Civic Center parking lot, intersection of East Highland Ave/Douglas Ave

Barrington Farmers Market

  • Thursdays June 17-October 14 2-7p
  • Intersection of Park Ave/Cook ST.

South Barrington Arboretum – Seasons produce & specialty market

  • Friday 9a-5p, Saturday-Sunday 9a-4p
  • Arboretum shopping center, intersection of Higgins Rd/Rt-59

Goebberts Farm

  • June-October, M-F 9a-7p, Sat-Sun 9a-6p
  • 40 W Higgins Rd; South Barrington IL
  • This place is known for their pumpkins in the fall, but they have EVERYTHING and they are open from April-October with produce, plants, flowers, and everything else you might need.
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