Skokie Farmers Market: 9/19/10 Update

September 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Skokie Farmers Market
Sundays, June 27 through October 31
7:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
5127 Oakton St.
Free parking lot between Skokie Public Library and Skokie Village Hall
Skokie, IL

Another lovely late summer/early fall Sunday on the North Shore, punctuated by the sudden turning to gold of the locust trees on the Skokie Library/City Hall grounds.  Good shopping weather for this transitional season – summer crops still around, like Michigan peaches, while the pumpkins and apples are steadily gaining ground.  Today had by far the biggest range of apple varieties from Michigan, and samples were everywhere, so ask, and your specific culinary need will easily be fulfilled.

 New and in-season produce offerings included:

-          T& H Farms, Marengo, IL: Fall flowers and foliage:  Chysanthemums in two pot sizes – 6.5” pots at 3/$20, or big 2-gal pots for $9.50 each.  Also, a good variety of flowering kale – four color/leaf types available.

-          KAP Farms, Fox River Grove/Troy, IL:  Deco pumpkins  of all types – ugly/cute warted, white “ghost,” blue, and the standard Jack o’ Lantern, as well as sugar pumpkins and the small desktop types.  Also, winter and “Orangetti” squash (the latter a spaghetti type), large and small decorative gourds, chiles, summer squash, and the bargain of the week:   baskets of very ripe (but not squishy) heirloom tomatoes for $1.  The basket I selected included four fruit, two of which were exquisitely flavored Brandywines. 

-          A. Dongvillo Farm, St. Joseph, MI: Apples: Jonathan, Ginger Gold, Paula Red (a natural mutation of the McIntosh); two varieties of grapes

-          R&B Miller Farms, Coloma, MI: several varieties of apples – Gala, Cortland, Jonathan, Fuji, Honey Crisp, & Golden Supreme; also Bartlett pears, comb honey, and apple cider by the gallon and half-gallon

-          Heritage Orchards, Benton Harbor, MI: late peaches, the last of the year; Cortland apples;  large field-grown tomatoes, $1.80/lb; apple cider; and bulk 12 lb. buckets of prune plums, pears, and peaches for $16, or tomatoes for $13, for the canning and jam-making enthusiasts

-          M&D Farms, Homer Glen, IL:  delicate, thin skinned new potatoes, red and white varieties, for a bartgain $1.00/lb; poblano chiles; and winter squash, several varieties, fifty cents per lb., including spaghetti squash

-          River Valley Farms, Burlington, WI: very large clumps of hen-of-the-woods mushrooms; self-contained kits for growing white buttons and portabellas at home

-          Oosterhoff & Sons, Momence, IL:  Asiatic lilies, eucalyptus, tuberoses