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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. Call for a free pickup and ride to the Market (Tel. 708. 383.4806). Please call before 2:00pm on Friday.

It is the perfect rainy-day activity to bake that strawberry and rhubarb pie you have been dreaming about. For inspiration, here is last season’s Pie Bake-off winning recipe: Grandma’s Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie recipe.pdf   

WEEKLY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS:

We visit our farms to ensure transparency and inspect the farming practices of our vendors. The farmers are struggling to work around-the-clock with this extremely wet weather in all four of our growing states. We hope you will honor their efforts by shopping at our rain or shine Market.

This week we have the freshest ingredients to create the perfect summer salad; radishes, green onions, romaine and other lettuces, spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, arugula, farm fresh eggs and snap peas.

Alternatively, you could provide the ideal taco bar for your friends and family with farm-fresh-cheese, sustainable ground beef or ground turkey, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, greens, tomatoes, beans, onions, potatoes, cilantro and other fresh herbs, fresh mushrooms,  award-winning hot sauces (River Valley Ranch) and salsas (Tomato Mountain).

Try roasting our fresh radishes or creating a homemade pizza from Brian Severson’s flour and with our tasty tomatoes and fragrant herbs. Finish the perfect summer table with aromatic peonies.

This Saturday, look for the first kohlrabi, bok choy, perfect romaine lettuce, green garlic and onions, maple syrup, real honey, artisan breads and croissants from Katic and Breadman. Top those breads with goat and cow-cheese from J2K Capraio or the huge variety of cheeses from Brunkow Creamery and a cool glass of apple cider.

Farmer Scott from Geneva Lakes Produce included one pollinator plant in his four-packs of watermelon vines. If not for his expert forthought, you would not enjoy those three luscious watermelon plants later in the summer. Only a farmer would think to send you home with everything you need for a successful vegetable patch. In Oak Park, we believe you should know your farmer, know your food and grow your food. Where else could you ask a farmer how to grow your fruits and veggies and flowers at home? You still have a chance to bring home genuine native plants that have a much higher survival rate with all of our changes in weather. Look for the I Love Native Plants booth next to the bake sale.

While you wait for Farmer John, at American Microgreens, to sharpen your knives for five bucks, sway to the roots music of our famous musicians (they start at 9:00am) while you enjoy a church donut, cup of joe or orange juice.

We welcome shoppers with SNAP/LINK cards at our Market! We will match each dollar spent via SNAP/LINK up to $25.00 with a one dollar coupon. Ask for information at the yellow information tent. If you want church donut and coffee, bake sale goodies or Katic breads: bring some cash. All the other vendors will accept credit and debit cards.

BAKE SALE: Cub Scout Pack # 16

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY: Seed Montessori School

ALTERNATING VENDOR; Green Fire Farm (Regenerative Ag Meat and Egg Farm)

GUEST BOOTH :Oak Park Township (Prevention Outreach Program) and Oak Park Board of Health. The Commission serves as an advisory body to the Director of Public Health and may make recommendations on issues related to disease prevention and health promotion.

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