Delightful Dairy Day at the Market

June 11, 2011

Saturday, June 11th was Dairy Day at the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market!

Children enjoyed playing "Where is Bessie" on Dairy Day at the MGFM.

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market celebrated cheese, kefir, milk, ice cream, and all things DAIRY through the Market.  Our featured vendors of the week were The Cheese People and Lifeway Kefir.  Dairy Day Market Manager Laura Frisch made fresh butter out of heavy whipping cream and passed out samples of it on delicious Maier’s bread. The Oberweis booth offered free milk samples and encouraged people to sign up for home delivery service.  The Baskin Robbins booth sold delicious ice cream and sundaes.  Of course, our full season vendors sold plenty of locally grown or locally made products.  The Jim Jacobs Quintet played a wide variety of jazz standards.  The Jim Jacobs Quintet features Jim Jacobs on trumpet, Mike Willens on Saxaphone, Jerry Tiberi on guitar, Mike Maratea on acoustic bass and Howard Windmiller on drums.  The Viking Gymnastics group performed as well.

 

Market Manager Laura Frisch performs a fresh butter demo & sampling on MGFM's Dairy Day

There were several dairy related activities for the youngest market-goers.  Pin the tail on the cow,  Dairy scavenger hunt, and “Find Bessie the Cow” were popular ones at the Welcome Booth.  The Market also provided free face painting and encouraged patrons to bring and decorate empty, rinsed milk jugs & caps.  The jugs will be filled with water or sand and used to help keep our tents weighed down on those windy market days throughout the season.  Kids – look for your artwork around the Market throughout the summer!

 

Head Market Manager Kristina wrote in her weekly Morton Grove Patch column:

“If you’re lactose-intolerant, come anyway, since we have lots more fantastic vendors with NO dairy products, such as baked goods from Maier’s Bakery and LeFlour Bakery, olive oils, salsas, barbecue sauces, honey, candles, locally made body care products, chocolate-dipped goodies, honey-nut snacks, Super Cup coffee and lemonade, and alpaca wool products.

You can even learn how to spin wool into yarn at the Albo Alpaca booth, on the south side of the market. Stop by and ask Barb for advice as she spins in the shade.

This week’s musical entertainment is the renowned Jim Jacobs Quintet, plus Master Gardener Pat Reband will be at the Welcome Booth answering questions about tomatoes.

The Morton Grove Gardening Club and the Environmental Health Commission will be available, as well as face painting and henna tattoos at the MG Library booth.”

 

Karen won lots of tasty treats in the MGFM Weekly Raffle!

Congratulations to last week’s raffle winner Karen C. of Morton Grove!  She won a Morton Grove Farmers’ Market reusable bag filled with goodies from several of our vendors, including fresh produce, Starbuck’s coffee beans, Benhart Farms ground beef, Oberweis Iced Tea, and more!  Be sure to visit the MGFM Welcome Booth each week for your chance to win!

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What did you bring home from the Market today?  What will you be preparing this week with the locally grown vegetables and the locally produced cheese, kefir, bread, meats, eggs, etc.  Please feel free to comment below.

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