Market Report: Palatine Farmers’ Market
On a recent Saturday, I made my first trip to the Palatine Farmers’ Market in downtown Palatine. It won’t be my last. Just west of the Rt 53/Palatine Road interchange, this market is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the northwest suburbs. The focus of this market is local and sustainable, with most of the products coming from within 100 miles of the market. And the market is relatively large in comparison to many weekend markets north and west of the city, giving market-goers plenty of variety.
Scott Hasselmann from Hasselmann Family Farm had recommended this market to us this past spring. We’ve been purchasing meat from Hasselmann’s for several years now, usually in the form of a 1/2 hog order when our freezer gets low. Their meat is fantastic, and various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken, along with fresh eggs, are brought to the market every weekend. Check out their website for some beautiful pictures and descriptions of their farming practices.
Lovely greens were in good supply from quite a few producers, including Tom Anderson’s Backyard Garden.
Several stands offered delicious looking baked goods, including these beauties from Wild Flour Bakery.
And strawberry season is winding down, but Michigan fruit growers are now moving into stone fruit. If the berries are indication, I am really looking forward to those first peaches and plums!
The Palatine Farmers’ Market runs on Saturdays from from 7:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. through October 26th, 2013 at the Palatine Train Station, Smith and Woods Streets. Grab your bags next Saturday and check it out!