Something to do Friday – Forest Park Farmer’s Market

July 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

Editor’s Note: We’ve known about the new Friday Farmer’s Market in Forest Park for a while, but we finally made it there a few weeks ago.  Just because we love all farmer’s markets did not mean we did not especially love this one.  A great mix of farmer’s including a fellow who brings eggs and the chickens who lay them.  Besides the produce there’s some outstanding prepared products including Humboldt Park’s own Co-op Hot Sauces.  We also love Anne’s Crumb breads, the same Ann who’s home made matzoh we reported on way back.  Forest Park Market Manager Kim Zandstra gave us this report on her market.  It’s well worth a visit tomorrow or any Friday in season.

The inaugural year of the Forest Park Farmers Market is in full swing!

Billed as “Friday Night Fun”, the market is the only one in the Chicago area that runs on Friday evenings.

In addition to emphasizing local farmers and food artisans from the 4-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, the primary mission of the market is funding and stocking the Forest Park Food Pantry.  The food pantry has seen a huge uptick in demand over the past two years, and has struggled to provide fresh food and produce to its patrons.  Part of the vendor fee is a per-market donation of $10 worth of fresh product, which has been a boon for the food pantry and very well received by its patrons.

With over 20 vendors, the market offers everything from knife sharpening to gourmet chocolates and ice cream, to the locally-famous Mirai Sweet Corn from Twin Garden Farms.  Meat, eggs, milk, bread, fresh fruits and veggies, pasta and sauces, honey, tomato and mushroom products, caramel corn and organic skincare products round out the assortment.  The Farmers Market Grill serves up burgers, brats, kebabs and other goodies supplied by the vendors.  All Grill proceeds benefit the Forest Park Food Pantry.

The market runs every other Friday, June 4 – October 22 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the parking lot of the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd.  The next market date is Friday, July 30th.  At the corner of Jackson Blvd and Des Plaines Ave., the market is also conveniently located one block North of the Forest Park stop of the Blue Line.

For more information, search for ‘Forest Park Farmers Market’ on Facebook, or call 708-771-7737