The Oak Park Farmers Market, offering high quality, locally-grown produce, is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St. from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October.

Plant some seed pots with your young ones and gather Spring’s finest offerings of rhubarb, asparagus, ramps, greens, plants and flowers. Sway to live music with a Pilgrim Church donut in hand and welcome another season of bounty. May is the time to celebrate new green beginnings, and your Oak Park Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Saturdays in Oak Park!

WEEKLY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS:

Sitka Salmon Shares is offering line-caught, open water seafood (not just salmon) by the pound or memberships to their CFA (community supported fishery) shares for home delivery. SSS is fisherman owned and based In Galesburg, Illinois and Sitka Alaska. They will give you grilling and preparation instructions and recipes.

Also, native plant seedlings are offered for your home gardens. We are very excited about the fresh foraged ramps (Chicago was named for these wild onions). A cross between garlic and onion, they are intense and unforgettable — just like Chicago.

There is so much more than asparagus in season, prepare for your Memorial Day picnics and barbeque with our sustainable meats and fish, award-winning cheeses, fresh produce (heirloom tomatoes, fresh greens, spinach, rhubarb, ramps, asparagus, onions, potatoes, etc), eggs, condiments, sauces, salsas, jams, honey, maple syrup, ciders, baked treats and breads. Our frozen tart cherries make a pie worth celebrating. Last year’s pie bake-off winner featured our rhubarb and strawberries in her grandmother’s recipe. I still think about tasting that delicious creation.

Even with all the options at the market, most people will likely bring home some asparagus! Melissa Elsmo has some tips for selecting asparagus at the market:

In the market, look for spears with tight tips without unruly out growth and avoid purchasing over sized or super skinny spears; spears that are just larger than a pencil are perfect for most recipes.  Fresh asparagus will never have an off putting odor, feel slimy or look dry.  Bunches of asparagus should be stored in the refrigerator with the ends submerged in a cup of water and should be cooked and consumed within two days of purchasing. 

Please refer to Melissa’s roasted asparagus recipe on Oak Park Eats for more info.

The market is the most comprehensive nursery to shop for tomato plants, herbs, veggies, and flowers for your home garden. This year’s variety of growing plants is phenomenal and straight from the farm.

The Market is robust and full this Saturday. Come check us out rain or shine, 460 Lake St. 7:00am to 1:00pm. Please support local farmers, if you want to keep seeing them at the Market in this 44th season.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Amazing new growth is springing forth at the market! Along with the season’s freshest produce, we will be CROSS-POLLINATING ideas and practices during our annual GO GREEN DAYS! Here’s the place to connect with local leaders in sustainability–businesses and organizations that are busy greening our community in powerful ways. Appreciate nature’s beautiful connections as you learn from our backyard chicken experts and pollination pros (30% of our market crops require pollination.

 BAKE SALE: Girl Scout Troop 40879

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITES: Seed potting. Your child will go home with a seed in a composting pot that gets planted directly in your garden. Located right next to the Info (Yellow) Tent.

VENDOR UPDATE: With 30 vendors this week, we have something for everyone. Most are returning vendors, although a few retired this year and we added new vendors with unique products. We offer knife sharpening for the first time at the American Pride Microgreens booth. Bring your knives!

TRANSPORTATION TO THE MARKET: Free transport to and from the Market is available for EVERYONE who lives in Oak Park and River Forest. No age restrictions. Handicap accessible vans. A reservation for pickup must be made one day before the Market (Friday before 2:00 pm) at the Oak Park Township Office call 708.383.4806.

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