Vendors 2012

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market strives to be a local, producer only Market. All items must be homegrown, handmade, and/or vendor-created from locally-owned operations. Fruits, vegetables and flowers need to be grown within the approximate range of 150 miles of Morton Grove.

Questions? Contact the manager team at, 847-750-MGFM / 847-750-6436, or

The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market features fresh produce from several Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois farms. We also provide educational opportunities 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.

Prospective Vendors: Click here to download and print the 2012 Vendor Application and 2012 Vendor Application Cover Letter. Space is extremely limited. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis. There are NO more full season slots available for the 2012 season. E-mail applications and questions to Interested in the Winter Market? Visit our Winter Market Blog Post for more information and to download an application.

The complete list of 2012 Vendors are listed below.

We have all of our farmers back from last year (Blankenship Farms, Lyons Fruit Farm, Providence Farm/ Twin Garden Farms, and Red Barn Farm Market), as well as a new one, Patyk Farms.

We are happy to have the following Full Season Vendors at the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market:

(A Full Season Vendor is scheduled to attend the Market 17 dates or more.)

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! Albo Acres may even bring a live alpaca to Morton Grove!

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).

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.

Fred Adams of Boston Sharpening Service will be sharpening knives, scissors, lawnmower blades, garden tools, etc. on site. Boston Sharpening Service will join us most Saturdays. His prices are very reasonable and customers have been very pleased with his performance.

  • Brick Oven Kitchen

Brick Oven Kitchen features delicious freshly made hummus and homemade pita chips.

Inspired by her daughter Julianna’s battle with celiac disease, Theresa bakes delicious breads, cakes, cupcakes, and tarts – all gluten free!

Great cheeses from dairies across Wisconsin and Illinois.

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.

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.

Lindsey Lehman returns for her third year with all natural lotions, lip balms, deodorants, soaps, sugar scrubs, and sprays – all made right here in Morton Grove!

Tom Lyons of Lyons Fruit Farm says hello to the MG Farmers’ Market fans in this video:


Three generations have prepared pastries, cakes and cookies for Morton Grove.

Chef Massimo Bosco offers custom blended spice mixes and vinegars as well as seasoned rice, couscous and bulgar. All products are low sodium with no added salt, MSG, or nitrates.

From Harvard, IL, Twin Garden Farms 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.


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.

River Valley Kitchen and Ranch first joined MGFM at our Winter Market. They feature certified organic fresh mushrooms, pickled mushrooms, jarred sauces, and more.

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.

Sweety Pies Bakery will bring a fine selection of baked goods as well as prepared food items like breakfast sandwiches and their popular quiche. They will bring several gluten free products as well.


We are happy to have the following Vendors at the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market for one or more dates:

Special thanks to our 2011 and 2010 vendors who helped establish the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market in our first two years.