The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market features fresh produce from several Michigan and Illinois farms. We also offer educational seminars and local entertainment, the Market aims to bring together the neighborhoods and communities around Morton Grove to celebrate the bounty of our Midwest agricultural, dairy, and culinary innovation heritage. We invite our neighbors from surrounding villages to join us in eating seasonally and enjoying the family friendly, festival atmosphere of our Farmers’ Market.
An important reason we formed this Market was to learn where our food comes from and share that information with our community. We decided to visit the orchards and farms that will supply the food we buy and get a feel for the land, the equipment and the people who will help grow it all. We learned about different farming practices, got to know the people who will plant the seeds and gather the harvest, and gained an appreciation for the fact that the soil that will grow our meals really isn’t that far away from Morton Grove.
New to our Market in 2011:
Watch Barb Gast spin alpaca wool at the Albo Acres booth each week. Purchase adorable alpaca figures and handmade products made with alpaca wool. Some weeks, Barb will teach patrons how to spin wool. Other weeks, there will be a knitting circle! Bring your projects or just come and watch! On October 15th, Albo Acres will bring a live alpaca to Morton Grove!
Purchase Gourmet Olive Oils, seasoning mixes, dry rubs, etc. from Annie’s Gourmet Olive Oils.
- Boston Sharpening Service
Fred Adams of Boston Sharpening Service joins our Market on July 9th and will be sharpening knives, scissors, lawnmower blades, garden tools, etc. on site. Boston Sharpening Service will join us every Saturday except for July 30th and August 20th. His prices are very reasonable and customers have been very pleased with his performance.
Crepe Shack partners Steve Bera, Petar Konstantinovic, and Andrew Cimino share an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for food. Their sweet or savory crepes are made to order at the Market. Varieties include: Pizza, Californian, Philly Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Breakfast, Hawaiian, ‘Tela Supreme (Nutella), Fruit Filled, Raspberry Nutella, Double Chocolate, and PB Jam.
The Crepe Shack vision is to change the standard of limited food service while maintaining respect for the environment, exceptional customer service, and a level of quality that exceeds customer expectations.
Enjoy gourmet chocolate covered pretzels and cookies in a variety of flavors. The newest pretzel flavors are Toffee Explosion, Snickered, and Mint Condition. Cake Pops are the newest sensation – moist cake balls on a stick, covered with chocolate. Morton Grove resident Melissa Ohara makes all her DiPPED creations in a nearby professional kitchen. Stop by for a sample! Great for snacking or gift giving.
Pick up some delicious John Bailey Honey for yourself or as a gift. It’s great for sweetening teas, baking, making salad dressings and marinates, barbeque sauces – the possibilities are endless! John and Nicole offer several varieties of honey that they harvest from the hives themselves. They also offer beeswax candles. On festival days, check out their bee themed jewelry.
Read about the Bee Day honey extraction at the Market last July 2nd on Morton Grove Patch and the Library’s Community Outreach Blog! Learn about the many benefits of honey from the National Board of Honey.
Tom Lyons of Lyons Fruit Farm says hello to the MG Farmers’ Market fans in this video:
Returning to our market:
- Benhart Farms
Dairy, coop and pasture food from southern Wisconsin including free-range eggs and whole roasting chickens. Beef-wise, owner Eric Benhart is selling t-bone, porterhouse, ribeye, NY strip, tenderloin, sirloin, stew meat, 1/3lb patties and ground beef. If you find the swine to be devine, check out his pork chops, cutlets, country ribs, spare ribs, nitrate-free bacon, smoked hocks, bratwurst (in regular, jalepeno and cheddar as well as mild Italian).
- Blankenship Farm & Orchard
With more than half a century of Blankenship family history on the farm, this Eau Claire, Michigan producer is coming to the Morton Grove market in a brand new truck this year! Andy Blankenship’s grandparents started the farm and he and his wife, Kelly, run it with Andy’s parents.
- Joy n Pure Honey Nut Snacks
- Their health-minded snacks consist of almonds, walnuts and honey with no sugar, salt or oil added. “Go pure!” says company founder, Joyce. “Good health and good taste don’t have to be complicated nor compromised.” JoyNPure’s Honey Nut Snacks are produced a short drive from where they’re sold, at Richwell Market, 6120 Dempster St. in Morton Grove.
- Le Flour Bakery
- Maier’s Bakery
Three generations have prepared pastries, cakes and cookies for Morton Grove, but this is their first full-scale farmers’ market.
- Red Barn Farm
From Woodstock, Illinois is bringing plenty of produce to fill two booth spots at the market. A family farm since 1960, Red Barn is growing everything from leeks and celery root to muskmelon, basil, snow peas and golden beets.
- SuperCup Coffee
Morton Grove’s very own has set up a cafe in the Market. Come sit and start your day with a cup of fresh java or a cool glass of lemonade or water.
- The Cheese People
Great cheeses from dairies across Wisconsin and Illinois.
- Twin Garden Farms / Providence Farm
From Harvard, IL, TGF does sweet corn right. Take it home and cook it, or eat it raw off the cob. It’s a sweet and tender snack that will make you rethink your position on corn-on-the-cob. This third-generation farm will also bring along lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and other traditional Illinois-grown vegetables.
- Lifeway Foods
A Morton Grove original! Lifeway foods will sell its refreshing Kefir drinks, cheeses and other probiotic products several days thoughout the Market season. Lifeway’s 2011 dates are: June 4, June 11, June 25, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sept 3, Sept 10, and Oct 15.
Special thanks to our 2010 vendors who helped establish the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market in our first year.