Woodstock Farmers Market

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May 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

Saturday was the opening day for the popular Woodstock Farmers Market.May 03, 2013-206

The Market runs from 8am-1pm at the Historic Woodstock Square on  Tuesdays and Saturdays May through October. Last year they were voted #1 Farmers Market by Best of the Fox 2012.  The market enjoys a beautiful setting at the Historic Woodstock Square which is about 50 miles Northwest of Chicago in McHenry County and is most well known for being featured in the movie Ground-Hog Day with Bill Murray. One thing I love about it is that they only allow products that are grown, produced or made by a local Farmer or Artisan. The motto of the Market is a fitting “Buy Fresh ~ Buy Local”…words we can all live by for sure. Being very early in the season there were a lot of vendors selling Seedlings.  One that particularly caught our eye was Red Buffalo Nursery who specializes in local native plants. You always think about local as it has to do with edible plants. I had never thought about ornamental plants in that way. They were very knowledgeable and had some excellent recommendations for plants that could fit in a problem area that we have.

Also in attendance was my favorite orchard Royal Oak Farm Orchard featuring their amazing cider donuts, assorted pies and apple trees. We bought some beautiful local eggs from Alden Hills Farm in Harvard, IL and my favorite purchase of the trip was the local popcorn from Brook Farm of Harvard, IL.  We eat a lot of popcorn around our house and here is another example of an item that I never thought about sourcing locally. That is a mistake we will never make again. We buy good popcorn and pay a lot for it but it sure doesn’t taste like this!  It was the best popcorn I have ever eaten and at a very reasonable price.

Next time we visit I am going to bring my chef knives to Extreme Edge Professional Sharpening who quoted me some very competitive prices on sharpening services.  We’re also looking forward to visiting later in the season when the local produce starts arriving.  I encourage you to load up the car and spend a beautiful Saturday morning  exploring all the market has to offer. From peanut butter to soaps, plants to eggs and meat, you’re sure to find something of interest.