Skokie Farmers Market: 10/31/2010 Final Market Update

November 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Sundays, June 27 through October 31
7:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
5127 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL

Sad to say, last Sunday marked the final session for the 2010 Skokie farmers market.  The SFM had a solid season, as always – dependable vendors, a good variety of produce, and enough competition to render prices lower than most North Shore markets.   I was not expecting the rollicking bargains to be had that day, though – and the Village of Skokie even handed out trick-or-treat bags.  Very festive, indeed,  befitting the holiday.

The final roll call of the farmers and vendors in attendance on Halloween follows; also included are web addresses and off-season buying information, if available:

-          KAP Farms, Fox River Grove/Troy, IL:  The bargain overripe tomatoes were only a buck per basket this week, and they were giving away pumpkins.  Not just little ones, but every pumpkin in stock, even the warted, French, and white designer varieties. 

-          A. Dongvillo Farm, St. Joseph, MI:  just apples today (and many corny but funny jokes)

-          T&H Farms, Marengo, IL:  gigantic flowering kale for $5; hollyhocks were BOGO. 

-          R&B Miller Farms, Coloma, MI:  apples and honey, but unfortunately, no bulk cranberries

-          Heritage Orchards, Benton Harbor, MI:  the usual myriad apple varieties; this was a good day for bakers and sauce-makers to stock up, as discounts were being given on 10-lb or greater purchases, as well as on half-bushels

-          M&D Farms, Homer Glen, IL:   I inquired, “How much are the pumpkins?”  The seller waved a hand at the trio of big, handsome pumpkins and squash on the table, and sighed, “You can have them all for a dollar.”  Timing is everything at a farmers market, particularly the last one of for the year.

-          River Valley Farms, Burlington, WI:  the usual good variety of mushrooms, pasta sauces, and such:

-          Let’s Spice it Up!, Highwood, IL:  no rogue truck-door mishaps for this spice vendor this week. . .

-          Pasta by Sue, Carpentersville, IL:

-          Hair of the Ferret salsa, Crown Point, IN:

-          Tony’s Knife Sharpening, Schaumburg, IL

-          Pastries by La Venture: quick breads, donuts, fruit pies

-          White Star:  beverages, goat cheese, small baked goods

-          Sweety Pies, Skokie, IL: pies, cookies, brownies;

-          That Pickle Guy, Lisle, IL: pickles, giardinera, relishes of all sorts, now available at Whole Foods all year long:

-          The Cheese People: high-end cheese: