Skokie Farmers Market: 10/17/2010 Update

October 21, 2010 at 1:00 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

This lovely, quiet fall day at the Skokie farmers market was enlivened by the brisk 12:45 departure of the vendor truck belonging to “Let’s Spice it Up!” onto busy Oakton Avenue – with its back doors wide open.   This set off a chorus of shrieking, arm-waving fellow vendors, albeit to no avail – the truck sped away, and disappeared, door flapping in the breeze.  What’s the hurry, fellas?

On a more tranquil note, new produce offerings for the ongoing Midwest harvest season included:

-          KAP Farms, Fox River Grove/Troy, IL: pie pumpkins for $1.50 ea., plus what must surely be the end of the bountiful tomato crop for the season

-          A. Dongvillo Farm, St. Joseph, MI: several varieties of apples, Bosc and Bartlett pears, prune plums

-          T&H Farms, Marengo, IL:  big decorative presentation this week:  flowering kale, chrysanthemums, and pumpkins, plus potted perennial hollyhocks and lavender.  Late season produce included Brussels sprouts on the stalk, gigantic cauliflower, equally outsized zucchini – and watermelon!

-          Heritage Orchards, Benton Harbor, MI: Myriad apple varieties:  Jonagold, Suncrisp, Mutsu, Swiss Gourmet, Jonathan, Honey Crisp, and several others, by the pound and by the bushel; cider

 -          M&D Farms, Homer Glen, IL:   last of the tomatoes, last of the sweet corn

-          Oosterhoff & Sons, Momence, IL:  Gladioli, eucalyptus, tuberoses, chrysanthemum plants (2 gal size)

-          River Valley Farms, Burlington, WI: shiitake, portabella, and oyster mushrooms, as well as the standard button