Ravinia Farmers Market, 7/28/10 Update

July 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Roger Williams Dr., East of Green Bay Road
Adjacent to Jens Jensen Park
Highland Park (Ravinia), IL

Hours: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Wednesdays, June 16th through October 20th

This week, and in the weeks to come, along with the farmers market update, I will be featuring interesting local places and things in this lovely, low-key little Highland Park neighborhood, which could be described as an upscale version of Mayberry.

Today:  Baker Boys, a pocket-sized brand-new bakery just north of Roger Williams Ave. and Jens Jensen Park, at 733 St. Johns Ave.  The bakery features individual cheesecakes, scones, cookies, cupcakes in two sizes (including lemon meringue), éclairs – and frozen custard in several enticing flavors.  Beverages include Julius Meinl coffees and teas.  Baker Boys keeps interesting hours for a bakery: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. (http://www.bakerboysbakery.com/; website is still under construction.  Tel: 847.433.0430)

July 28th Update – What was new and in season this week:

-          Klug Orchards, Berrien Center, MI:  peaches, plums, the end of the early red raspberries; also, Kevin Klug is raising both lambs and beef cattle, for sale later this summer.  The livestock is raised on organic pastureland, and is primarily grass-fed, and finished on grain, and will be slaughtered and dressed by a local South Haven MI butcher, Bob Philbrandt of Bob’s Meats. The beef will be parceled in units starting at 50 pounds, at $6.95 per pound; the lamb, units starting at 16-20 pounds, at $8.95 per pound.  (email Mr. Klug @ kevindklug@gmail.com for further information and the exact schedule for delivery.)

-          K&K Farms, Coloma, MI:  peaches, raspberries, and blueberries; sadly, both the sweet and sour cherry seasons are now over

-          Red Barn Farms, Woodstock, IL:  besides the typical high summer crops – sweet corn, tomatoes, basil, green and yellow beans – cabbage is now coming into season; Red Barn grows three types, green, white, and Savoy, bargains at $1.50 per head

-          Oosterhoff & Sons, Momence, IL: zinnias, gladioli, tuberoses, dianthus (AKA Sweet William); the end-of-season $1.00 house-grown perennials continues

-          White Star: featuring both goat cheese and fresh-made guacamole this week, in addition to small baked goods, and lemon/limeade; spotlight baked item: “Moans,” meaning a cross between a muffin and a scone, containing various combinations of fresh fruits, for $2.50

-          High Rise Baking Co., Chicago: Ciabatta rolls, tomato-cheese ciabatta, pumpernickel (http://www.highrisebakingcompany.com/)

-          Rugela-licious, Bensenville, IL: several varieties of very tender hand-made rugelach, available in single or combinations of flavors (http://rugela-licious.com/)