The Sugar Beet Food Co-Op is offering a cure for the winter blues by giving community members a farmers market fix during the off-season. The Winter European Farmers Market was born out of a love for the Oak Park Farmers Market and a desire to bring a similar feeling to Oak Park during the long Illinois winter.
“Our market serves as a reminder it is possible to source quality products in the Midwest out of the growing season,” says Lissa Dysart, marketing director at Sugar Beet Food co-op, “and because it is a traditional European market we include producers, growers, as well as makers.”
After a successful test run last spring, Sugar Beet opted to make their market a monthly event during the winter and early spring. Sugar Beet’s winter market does not compete with the Oak Park Farmer’s Market and has been able to attract some of the summer market’s most popular vendors including Breadman Baking Co., Prairie Wind Family Farm (eggs only), and Katic Breads.
Local soup vendor, Karl Bader, of Karl’s Craft Soups offers his fresh soups while Chanticlare Farm offers a fine selection of garlic, onions and micro greens each month. Despite the chilly weather Ruth and Phil’s Organic Ice Cream is also available for purchase and responsibly sourced Sitka Salmon is always on hand.
Dysart anticipates Berwyn residents, Barbara Korbel and Patrice Murtha of Winter Rye, will bring an assortment of hand-made items to the January 19th market including hand-carved wooden spoons, metals, textiles and ceramics. Additional artisans are likely to have fresh-frozen blueberries, assorted pickles, honey, teas, and assorted preserves to warm your heart on a winter day.
“As community interest continues to grow and the winter market becomes consistently well attended, we will be prepared to expand and grow,” says Dysart.
- Markets are held in the Sugar Beet Co-Op building at 442 S Grove.
- The next market is January 19th from 10am to 2pm.