Festivals and Events 2011

In 2011 we hosted more festivals than ever. Morton Grove Farmers’ Market Festivals consist of all of our full season vendors PLUS additional festival vendors and gift vendors.  Some festivals  had balloon artist RC Juggle, a bouncy house for the kids and other special activities.  Our biggest festivals took place on June 25th, August 27th, and September 24th.

Here’s are the descriptions of our 2011 events:

May 7th Mother’s Day Pre-Season Sale

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market will hold a pre-Market preview with almost all of our 20 regular season vendors, plus gifts like flowers, fairly-traded gifts from around the world, bedding plants, jewelry, notecards, and natural body care products – many made in and around Morton Grove!  Entertainment will include live music from Steve Justman, Morton Grove native and folk guitarist, activities from the MG Historical Museum, the Viking Gymnastics group, balloon artist RC Juggle and more.

June 4 Opening Day

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market officially opens for the 2011 season on Saturday, June 4th at 8:00 am. Opening Day Festivities start at 10:00 am and include a Boy Scout Formal Flag Ceremony, a Park View student performing our National Anthem and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Village President Dan Staackmann and State Representative Daniel Biss will be on hand to say a few words.  Morton Grove Farmers’ Market Founder and Head Manager Kristina Otte and Jacky Liston of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry will cut the ribbon alongside the MGFM Committee members.

Golf Junior High School students will demonstrate the musical talents they’ve developed over the school year.  Ryan from RC Juggles will delight children with his balloon artistry, juggling, and yo-yo tricks.  As always, the Morton Grove Public Library staff and Morton Grove Farmers’ Market Committee volunteers entertain the children with books, crafts, and face painting.

Our featured vendor on opening day is Joy N Pure Honey Nut Snacks.  Owner Joyce Chen makes the delicious granola, energy circles, and other healthy snacks right here in Morton Grove.  Read all about Joy N Pure on Morton Grove Patch.

June 11 Dairy Day

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market celebrates cheese, kefir, milk, ice cream, and all things DAIRY through the Market.  Our featured vendors of the week are The Cheese People and Lifeway Kefir.  Dairy Day Market Manager Laura Frisch will make fresh butter at the Market.  The Oberweis booth will offer free milk samples and encourage people to sign up for home delivery service.  The Baskin Robbins booth will sell delicious ice cream and sundaes.  Of course, our full season vendors will have plenty of locally grown or locally made products.

The Jim Jacobs Quintet will play a wide variety of jazz standards.  The Viking Gymnastics group will perform as well.  Master Gardener Pat Reband will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips about your garden.

There will be several dairy related activities for the youngest market-goers, such as Pin the tail on the cow,  Dairy scavenger hunt, and “Find Bessie the Cow.”  The Market also provides free face painting and encourages 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!

 June 18

Our featured vendor this Father’s Day weekend is DiPPED.  Stop by the DiPPED booth for a variety of chocolate covered goodies.  DiPPED owner Melissa will feature creative and reasonably priced gifts for Dad.  Learn the story behind DiPPED on our facebook page.

From 9-10 am, Skokie native Robert Sanders will perform beautiful classical music on his violin for our enjoyment.

June 25 Welcome to Morton Grove Day

June 25 is Welcome to Morton Grove Day at the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market. Welcome to Morton Grove Day is the first of our major Festivals, with the other two being 8/27 Summer Fun Fest and 9/24 Harvest Fest.

Welcome to Morton Grove Day celebrates our wonderful village. We hope that both new and seasoned Morton Grove residents will gather at the market to enjoy the festivities with their neighbors.

Musician Steve Justman returns again to his roots for this repeat performance to celebrate Morton Grove.  Steve Justman will perform at our Market four times this season:  May 7th, June 25th, July 23rd, and August 27th.

My name is Steve Justman and it’s my pleasure to entertain again this year at the Morton Grove Farmer’s Market.  I play at other markets but the Morton Grove one is special because I grew up there and have great memories doing so in the 50s and 60s.  Because of this and the stories and history I relate when I am performing, Mary Busch has been able to get me sponsorship from the Morton Grove Historical Society and Park District. Needless to say, it is wonderful to stay connected to my old home town.

I have been performing in the Chicago area for many years singing what I call the Roots of Americana which is the Vintage folk and classic country and pop music that influenced so many.  I have a web site at www.stevejustman.com and am also on facebook.

RC Juggle will be providing amazing balloon entertainment as well as street performances with juggling, yo-yo’s and much more.  Good, wholesome fun for the entire family.  Ryan / RCJuggle has been entertaining the greater Chicagoland area for over a decade, last year he made over 50,000 balloons and Smiles and Hopes to double the accomplishment this year with 100,000 smiles :).

Welcome to Morton Grove Day will feature a bouncy house, free face painting and henna tattooing, free books and crafts from the Morton Grove Public Library, and much more!

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MG Historical Museum, MG Community Relations Commission, Terrace Gardens, MG Garden Club, Friends of the Forest Preserve, Parkview PTO, Golf PTA, Muslim Community Center, St. Martha’s Church, RB Systems, and Total Athleticare will all welcome everyone to Morton Grove.

Of course, our regular vendors will be there, as well as The Crepe Shack, Lifeway Kefir, LAZ Cosmetics, and Terra Nostra Jewelry.  The featured vendor this week isBenhart Farms.

July 2

The featured vendor for this week is John Bailey Honeys.  John and Nicole will be bringing their HONEY BEES to the Market!  They will even bring the queen bee and demonstrate extracting honey from the honeycombs, if the weather cooperates.

Did you know that spring, summer, and fall honeys all have different colors and flavors?  Ask them about it, or learn more on MortonGrovePatch.com (the honey part starts at 0:55).

DiPPED will return to the Market with hand dipped gourmet pretzels and marshmallows after a one week absence.

Robert Sanders will return to perform beautiful classical music on his violin for our enjoyment.

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Morton Grove Public Library, and Jerusalem Lutheran Church and School will be at the Market again as well.

Check out the Morton Grove Public Library’s Community Outreach Blog for photos from the Market on Bee Day!

July 9

What’s Growing at the Market: This week you can find raspberries, cherries, tomatoes.  Also now in season in and around Illinois:  lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, kale, sugar snap peas, parsley, kohlrabi, new onions, scallions, zucchini, yellow squash, red and white potatoes, pickling cucumbers, and blueberries.

This week’s featured vendor is Lyons Fruit FarmBe sure to stop by for plenty of blueberries, sour cherries, and other wonderful, locally grown produce.

This week the entertainment is Trillium.

Trillium is an acoustic music quartet located in the far western suburbs of Chicago. Our eclectic repertoire ranges in style from Celtic to folk to ragtime to swing to bluegrass, and is definitely entertainment for the whole family.

Although we’ve only been playing together three years, we’ve performed all over the Midwest at festivals, libraries, pubs and coffeehouses. Our music has been featured on WFMT’s Midnight Special, WDCB Folk Festival, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk, CelticNet and Highlander Radio.

Trillium is: Mim Eichmann – hammered dulcimer & vocals, Ed Hall – guitar, banjo & vocals, Paul Russell, fiddle & mandolin, Doug Lofstrom – bass & vocals.

Morton Grove Environmental Health Commission, Ethical Humanist Society, Morton Grove Garden Club will be at the Market as Community Groups.

Many thanks to our Sponsor on hand:  Allstate Cecelia Maiogan Agency in Morton Grove

New this week:  Knife sharpener Boston Sharpening Service from Mt. Prospect joins the market!

LAZ Cosmetics will return to the Market after a one week absence.  LAZ Cosmetics will feature their NEW Bug Off Spray and Balm! all natural mosquito and insect repellant.

Unfortunately, the Crepe Shack will not be at the Market this week due to equipment issues.

DiPPED will debut 3 new flavors: Toffee Explosion, Snickered, and Mint Condition!

July 16

A wide variety of fresh, delicious produce is coming to our Market each week in an array of colors and flavors.  Tomatoes, beans, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and lettuces are just the beginning of the fruits and vegetables offered to Market shoppers.

Annie’s Gourmet Olive Oils have been missed the past couple of weeks, but they are scheduled to return this week!

Robert Sanders returns for an encore performance with his violin.

Boston Sharpening Service will return with all his equipment to sharpen your knives, scissors, lawnmower blades, etc. while you shop.

Please note, the Bike to the Market Festival has been cancelled due to safety concerns.  If you choose to bike to the Market on any Saturday, please be careful!

July 23 Morton Grove Park District Day

The Morton Grove Park District will be highlighting it’s many programs, including summer camps, preschools, after school classes, fitness programs, birthday parties, etc.  The MGPD dancers will be showing off what they’ve learned this past year while the MGPD staff runs sports activities, games, and crafts.

Steve Justman plays for a second encore performance this season to laud the group that keeps our parks in top shape.

Master Gardener Pat Reband will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips about your garden.

Boston Sharpening Service will return with all his equipment to sharpen your knives, scissors, lawnmower blades, etc. while you shop.

Read our blog entry about Park District Day or visit our facebook photo album!

July 30

The Highland Park Pops will perform at the Market.

The Highland Park Pops Big Band is a 17-piece jazz band that plays swing tunes, jazz favorites, dance music and big band standards.  The freshest, most delicious jazz on the North Shore!

A.R.T Art Rescue for Tomorrow’s Artists will be sharing information about their upcoming Art Auction to raise funds for Art Education at District 69 schools.  The Auction will take place at Crazy Jaw’s Roadhouse 0n August 24th 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Read our blog entry or Morton Grove Patch article for more information.  Check out photos from this Market on our facebook page!

August 6

The Honky Tonk Parade will perform at the Market on Aug 6th and Sept 24th.

The group “Honky Tonk Parade” has been together since 2007 and specializes in honkytonk country-music.   The group plays at various venues in the Chicagoland area.  They cover music by such artists as George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Faron Young and others.  Join Greg, Mike, Willie, Brian and Jeff and your toes will be a “Tappin” to the country sounds of “Honky Tonk Parade”!

Enjoy Honky Tonk Parade’s music now on YouTube!

Boston Sharpening Service is scheduled to return to the Market this week!

Read about the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market in our profile by the national Farmers’ Market Coalition.  Check out photos from this Market on our facebook page!

August 13 Seniors Day

Join us for B-I-N-G-O on Senior Day at the Market – complete with prizes!  There may even be some line dancing to the music of the Hillions String Band!

The Hillions String Band is the best family string band in Chicago’s north shore area!  With fiddles, banjo and guitar, the Hillions play traditional dance music from before the era of rock and roll. They have performed at the Skokie, Glenview and Green City Farmers’ Markets.

Master Gardener Pat Reband will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips about your garden.  The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Morton Grove Public Library, and Jerusalem Lutheran Church and School will be at the Market again as well.

August 20

The Glenview Square Dance Club will be at the MG Farmers’ Market to show you good old, American dancing, filled with do-si-do’s and allemande lefts. Come join us and give it a try!

There will be a knitting circle at the Albo Acres Alpaca Farm booth, so bring your projects or just come by for a visit.  Learn how all that fine alpaca wool turns into beautiful, warm clothing!

Master Gardener Pat Reband will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips about your garden.  The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Morton Grove Public Library, and Jerusalem Lutheran Church and School will be at the Market again as well.

August 27 Summer Fun Fest

Summer Fun Fest at the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market will be one of our biggest festivals of the season.  Bingo, bouncy house, balloon guy RC Juggle, face painting and henna, make your own corn husk dolls, and of course all of that wonderful fresh produce, meat, cheese and honey, locally made snacks and bakery items, skin care items, alpaca products, and much more!

Blankenship Farms is the Summer Fun Fest’s featured vendor.

Steve Justman will perform.  Daniel Biss and Jan Schakowsky will say a few words at 11:30 am. The Crepe ShackLifeway Kefir, Calin Nature Cards, and Terra Nostra Jewelry will all be joining us as well!

le Flour Bake Shop & Market and Boston Sharpening Service will return after a one week absence. Bring your blades and your empty bellies to the Market!

Annie’s Olive Oils will be taking a two week break.  They are expected to return on  September 10th.

Read more about the Summer Fun Fest on our blog.

September 3

The featured vendors this week are Providence Farm & Twin Gardens Farms.  Stephanie Book of Providence Farms will be bringing BABY GOATS to the Market from 10 am – 12 noon rain or shine!

Lifeway Foods will be sampling and selling their kefirs and other delicious probiotic products.

The Perltones will be performing from 9 – 11 am.

The Perltones are comprised of Bob Perlstein and his son, Liam. Bob has played banjo in various Chicago Bluegrass bands since 1980 and formerly taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  Liam, who started playing fiddle at age 7, was 2008 Indiana State Fair Junior Fiddle Champion and was the winner of the Old Town School Midwest Fiddle Championship Junior Division in 2006 and 2009.  Bob and Liam regularly play at CJ Arthur’s Restaurant in Wilmette.

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Morton Grove Environmental Health Commission will be at the Market as well.

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite Morton Grove treasure as one of the Seven Wonders of Morton Grove!

Annie’s Olive Oils, Boston Sharpening Service, LAZ Cosmetics, and the Morton Grove Public Library will not be at the 9/3 Market, but all are are expected to return on September 10th.

September 10 Scouting Day

Maier’s Bakery co-owner Frank Silvio with his family


Maier’s Bakery is the featured vendor this week.

The Hillions String Band performs at the MG Farmers’ Market once again.

Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA troops, and Cub Scouts will join us at the Market for scout sing-a-longs and to share their scouting traditions and skills.

All scouts (retired and current) will be invited to “make their mark” on the Scouting banner at the Welcome Booth.  Scouts in uniform who bring a food pantry donation will receive a special treat at the Welcome Booth. Everyone is welcome to join us at 10:00 am for a flag ceremony and a moment of silence to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

There will be two 9/11 flag giveaways.  Look for the flags on display at the Welcome Booth and the Music Tent.  Enter to win at the Welcome Booth.

Urban Worm Girl will return with their ever popular red wiggler worms.  Learn all about vermiculture and how to start your own worm compost bin to recycle your kitchen waste.  (Update 9/9:  Urban Worm Girl was forced to cancel due to a death in the family.  Our sympathies go out to Stephanie and Amber.  We look forward to working with you next season.)

Lifeway Foods will be sampling and selling their kefirs and other delicious probiotic products.

Thank you to all who have been asking about Annie’s Gourmet Olive Oils.  They will be back this Saturday!

Albo Acres Alpaca will not be at the 9/10 Market, but are expected to return on September 17th and all 3 Markets in October.

Be sure to pick up your entry form for the Pie Contest on Sept. 24th.

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Morton Grove Public Library will be at the Market as well.

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite MG treasure as one of the Seven Wonders of Morton Grove!

September 17

Annie’s Gourmet Olive Oils is the featured vendor this week.

Annie’s Gourmet Foods is a rare find. The products offered here are all mixed by the loving hands of Annie and her husband Charlie. No products of Annie’s are manufactured, IT’S THE REAL DEAL.

Annie’s carries 100% pure and extra virgin olive oils flavored with garlic and spices imported from Italy.

Used as an important cooking tool for dipping, sauteing, baking, grilling to add flavor without the worry. Although there are fats, there is zero cholesterol and unsaturated fat.

Our vinegars, are all imported from Italy and the balsamic is from Modena, Italy.

Each product is handpacked by Annie and family.

The Jim Jacobs Quintet returns to perform at the market.

Be sure to pick up your entry form for the next week’s Homemade Pie Contest.  Applications and pie entries are due by 10:45 am on Saturday, September 24th.

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Go Green Wilmette and the Friends of the Morton Grove Forest Preserves  will be at the Market as well.  Henna artist Asma will join us once again for free mehndi hand painting.  There will be face painting at the Kids’ Tent along with crafts and an art station.  Master Gardener Pat Reband will available for all your gardening questions between 9 am – 12 noon.

Many thanks to our Sponsors on hand: Avon the company for women and My Gym Skokie.  Morton Grove resident and My Gym Skokie owner Lindley will be passing out invitations to their Fall Kickoff Party on Friday, September 23rd from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

You may have noticed our new neighbors, Northwest Community Credit Union.  Please stop by their booth at the Market to help us welcome them to Morton Grove!

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite MG treasure as one of the Seven Wonders of Morton Grove!

 

September 24 Harvest Fest/Pie Day

Bath Fitter is offering up to $450 off and free corner shelves this weekend at the Market.

This year’s Harvest Fest is sponsored by Bath Fitter – Chicago North.  Many thanks to Sponsors on Hand: Total Athleticare, MB Bank and Avon.
The Honky Tonk Parade and RC Juggle join us once again at one of our biggest festivals of the season.

Enjoy Honky Tonk Parade’s music now on YouTube!

RESULTS volunteers area will present a table of information about food issues affecting people living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world.  They’ll talk to folks about how everyday, ordinary citizens can use their voices to create the political will to end poverty.

The Glenview League of Women Voters will have a voter registration table.  The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Master Gardener Justine will be at the Market as well.

Henna artists  Nazma of HennaMore and Asma will return to do free mehndi hand painting.  The henna is an all natural dye that colors the skin for approximately one week.

Be sure to submit your entry form and two homemade fruit pies for this week’s Homemade Pie Contest.  Applications and pie entries are due by 10:45 am on Saturday, September 24th.  Our panel of six judges will convene at 11:00 am.  We are fortunate to have the following celebrity judges:  Illinois State Representative Daniel Biss, Morton Grove Village President Dan Staackmann, Sweety Pies Owner and Chef Dana Kruger, Local Foodie / Epicure Ron Kaplan, Niles Township Food Pantry activist and volunteer Bill Zimmer, and Professional Chef Lancy Norris.

The Morton Grove Community Relations Commission’s “The Seven Wonders of Morton Grove” contest nominations close 9/30.  Nominate your favorite building, business, organization, person, park, place, dish at a local restaurant, or just about anything that makes Morton Grove special for you.  Stop by the CRC booth at the Market or the Village Hall to submit your nomination.

Albo Acres Alpaca will not be at the 9/24 Market, but are expected to return for all 3 Markets in October.  We are hoping to welcome some new and exciting food vendors to our line up as well.

You may have noticed our new neighbors, Northwest Community Credit Union.  Please stop by their booth at the Market to help us welcome them to Morton Grove!

October 1st

Look below for information about our first-ever Winter Market to be held Saturday, December 3rd at the Civic Center in Morton Grove!
pie king

Thanks to all who participated in our Homemade Pie Contest last week!  A special congratulations to our 2011 Pie King, Mark  Johnson.  Mary Kay Hoffman came in a close second while sister-and-brother duo Hana and Ari Frisch claimed third place.  The winners were given trophies and Market Bucks to spend at the farmers’ market.  Thanks to our judges as well as all the volunteers who made this happen!

Vendors this week: Boston Sharpening Service, Annie’s Olive Oils, Albo Acres Alpaca Products, Super Cup Coffee, Maier’s Bakery, Joy n Pure Honey Nut Snacks, John Bailey Honey and CandlesThe Cheese People, Lyons Fruit Farm and Orchard, Benhart Farms Meats/Eggs, Red Barn Farm Market, LeFlour Bakery, Providence Farm, LAZ Cosmetics and Blankenship Farm and Orchard.

DiPPED will not be here this week, but will rejoin us on October 8 and October 15!  DiPPED will also participate in our Winter Market.

Music: Luz Eco will return this Saturday to perform their harmonious blend of folk and pop music.Luz Eco is a well-liked duo from the 2010 season!

Community Groups This Week: Morton Grove Environmental Health Commission and Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry

inland bank

Market Sponsor: Inland Bank will be our generous sponsor at the Market this week.

“Stop by Inland Bank in Morton Grove and visit Cindy Kopczyk to learn how rewarding banking can be!  While other banks are saying “No” to their Reward’s Program- Inland Bank has just announced they will launch the Inland Bank Loyalty Rewards Program.”  Inland Bank is located at 6111 W. Dempster St. in Morton Grove.  The Vice President and Branch Manager Cindy Kopczyk can be reached at 847.540.5262.

Our new neighbors Northwest Community Credit Union will join us at the Market again this week.

Don’t forget to stop by our Kids’ Tent for free henna tattoos, face painting, and crafts.

October 8

Boston Sharpening Service is the featured vendor this week!  Bring in your knives, scissors, lawnmower blade, gardening tools, swiss army knife, or any dull blades you may have!  Fred will sharpen them as good as new while you shop the Market.

Vendors this week: LAZ CosmeticsBoston Sharpening ServiceDiPPED, John Bailey Honey and CandlesSuper Cup CoffeeMaier’s BakeryJoy n Pure Honey Nut SnacksThe Cheese PeopleLyons Fruit Farm and OrchardBenhart Farms Meats/Eggs, Red Barn Farm MarketLeFlour BakeryProvidence Farm, Albo Acres Alpaca Products, and Blankenship Farm and Orchard.

Annie’s Olive Oils and Carny Brothers Kettle Corn will not be here this week, but will rejoin us on October 15.

The Glenview Square Dance Club will be at the MG Farmers’ Market to show you good old, American dancing, filled with do-si-do’s and allemande lefts. Come join us and give it a try!

Children from the Muslim Education Center (MEC) will perform poetry readings.

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry and our wonderful face painters and henna artists will be at the Market as usual.

Our new neighbors Northwest Community Credit Union will join us at the Market again this week.

Don’t forget to stop by our Kids’ Tent for free henna tattoos, face painting, and crafts.

October 15 Halloween Costume Contest

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market will end its 2nd season with a bang with its annual Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 15th. Participants may come at one of four contest times (9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm) and prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and Most Original Costume at each time.  Come in costume, one and all!

Niles North and Niles West High School students will perform dramatic readings, poetry and more at the Market.  Also on hand to celebrate the Market’s season will be balloon artist extraordinaire RC Juggles, free face painting at the Kids’ Table, and possibly a LIVE ALPACA (if the weather is cooperative).

October bounty at the Market continues with apples, mums, squash, pumpkins, cider, caramel apples, plenty of other fresh produce, as well as honeys, snacks, fresh coffee and hot apple cider, baked goods, cheese, meats, free-range eggs, alpaca wool products, natural body-care products, olive oils and knife sharpening while you shop.

Be sure to stock up on all of your favorite Market products – some vendors will return to Morton Grove for our Winter Market on December 3rd, others may not return until next season (May/June 2012).

Vendors this week: Annie’s Olive Oils and seasoning mixes, Boston Sharpening ServiceDiPPEDAlbo Acres Alpaca ProductsSuper Cup Coffee and hot apple cider, Maier’s BakeryJoy n Pure Honey Nut SnacksThe Cheese PeopleLyons Fruit Farm and OrchardBenhart Farms Meats/Eggs, Red Barn Farm MarketLAZ CosmeticsJohn Bailey Honey and CandlesLeFlour BakeryProvidence FarmBlankenship Farm and Orchard, Crepe Shack and Carny Brothers Kettle Corn.

Albo Acres Alpaca Products is this week’s featured vendor!  They plan to bring LIVE alpacas to Morton Grove (weather permitting).  Stop by their booth for hand made knit scarves, ponchos, hats, etc. Check out their adorable stuffed animal alpacas and bears.

The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Morton Grove Community Relations Committee and Northwest Community Credit Union will join us at the Market again this week.  The sponsor on hand this week is Bath Fitter – North Chicago.  Trick-or-Treat for Unicef  collection boxes will be available for pick up at the Kid’s Tent.  See the Unicef video about the “original Kids Helping Kids® campaign” here.

bees costume

Support the Niles Township Food Pantry with donations at the Welcome Booth (produce from the market or your own donations from home).

Volunteer at the Market:  Love us and want to join us?  We really need you for just a couple hours each Saturday to help us either set up, hang out at the Welcome Booth, or take down at the end. Email Kristina at kristina@mgfarmersmarket.com or stop by and say hi on Saturday.  You can also leave the market managers a message at 847.750.MGFM (6436) or allmanagers@mgfarmersmarket.com.  Follow us on twitter @mgfarmersmarket!

The second regular season of the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market ended on a high note!  Our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest brought out adorable children (and adults!) throughout the day.  You can see photos from our final day of the season on the Morton Grove Champion’s Photo Gallery or our facebook photo album.

Our final event of the year was our first ever Winter Market!

Saturday, December 3 Winter Market

10 am – 2 pm

The American Legion Memorial Civic Center

6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove

winter market flyer 1

While we won’t have much fresh produce in December, many of your favorite Market vendors will be in attendance, as well as a few new ones!

The following vendors have already committed to the Winter Market:  Global Handmade Hope, Maier’s Bakery, Blankenship Farm and Orchard, John Bailey Honey and Candles, The Crepe Shack, Super Cup Coffee, DiPPEDAlbo Acres Alpaca ProductsLAZ Cosmetics, Joy n Pure Honey Nut Snacks, and Benhart Farms Meats and Eggs.

Luz Eco will perform at the Winter Market in the morning and crowd favorite Honky Tonk Parade will entertain shoppers in the afternoon.

There is a limited amount of space at this indoor market.  We have received many inquiries from vendors and performers for the Winter Market and are now full.  We cannot accept new vendor applications or additional musical acts at this time.  Due to space limitations, we will not be hosting community groups at the Winter Market.

If you would like to volunteer or sponsor the Winter Market, please send your information to allmanagers@mgfarmersmarket.com.

*Updated 12/10/11 – Our first ever Winter Market brought hundreds of people in from the cold to enjoy music, shop, and eat.  See the TribLocal article to read more about the Winter Market.