First Morton Grove Market Goes Great

June 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

We are in near disbelief at how smoothly the first ever Morton Grove Farmers’ Market went. 500 people submitted drawing tickets, so we’re estimating at least 1,000 visitors showed up to see Jan Schakowsky observe the ribbon-cutting ceremony and join residents in sampling and shopping about a dozen food vendors, a knife sharpener, a balloon animal craftsman and a face painter.

The biggest complaint (and complaint isn’t the right word. Everybody was pleasant and happy and we asked them for feedback) was the lack of coffee. Next week we’ll be including local shop SuperCup next to one of the bakeries. The second issue was people asking if we’d be selling vegetables. We tried our best to explain that in Northern Illinois in the spring, rhubarb, asparagus and spinach are the vegetables. But there were tomato plants for sale, potted flowers and honey/nut bars, salsas from Warrenville, kefir yogurt from Morton Grove, cheese from Wisconsin and lots of dried veggies and fruit in plastic bags as well as some bok choi, mustard greens and strawberries, which sold out very early in the day.

Signage was probably our greatest drawback, and we plan to put up some bigger signs to let traffic know where we are (8930 Waukegan Rd. in Morton Grove, just north of Dempster). The first musical act, the Battlefield Balladeers, added a homey touch to our congenial little market, and this Saturday’s market will feature a Henna painter, storytime for the kids and several community representatives as well as sponsors.

Hands down, this has been the most rewarding non-profit experience I’ve ever participated in. I look forward to seeing LocalBeet fans there this weekend. Learn more at