Ravinia Farmers Market – August 4th Update

August 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

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’s Neighborhood Feature:  Jens Jensen Park, the elegant small (one acre) park adjacent to the market, on Roger Williams Ave., just east of the Ravinia Metra station.  Jens Jensen (b.1860 – d. 1951), the celebrated Prairie School landscape designer and native of Denmark, and one-time Highland Park resident, did in fact design this park; it features a trademark stone “council circle,” a picnic area, native shrubs, and a perennial garden.  The park was restored and named for Jensen in 1980 (his design studio was in the neighborhood), and restored again in 2007, in a joint venture by the National Park Service and the Highland Park Park District.  Jens Jensen Park is a lovely place to rest, reflect, and enjoy your new purchases from the market.

August 4th Update – What was new and in season this week:

-          A strolling violinist serenaded shoppers, certainly appropriate to the area

-          LeilaLove – new vendor this week, selling an unusual (and tasty) pomegranate and olive spread, on the order of a tapenade, but not as salty. Owned by Nama Namdar, a professional chef.

-          Klug Orchards, Berrien Center, MI: five varieties of plums; ‘Peento’ flat peaches; blackberries;  first apples of the season, a yellow variety called ‘Pristine’; Klug is now displaying the orchard’s organic certification.

-          Red Barn Farms, Woodstock, IL: tomatillos; white and bi-colored sweet corn; cut flower bouquets

-          Oosterhoff & Sons:  Tuberose bouquets, 10 stems for $8.00; $1 perennial sale continues, including several varieties of non-pink-colored coneflowers, a useful and inexpensive addition to the IL native perennial garden, as well as quick repair to any storm damage suffered the morning of 8/4