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Updated: August 15, 2013 3:24AM



There’s more in store for shoppers this spring at local farmers markets as market managers promise more vendors, special events and parking.

Frankfort will have at least six new vendors and an additional parking lot by the time its market is in full swing, market manager Merrill Marxman said.

The spring market will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, April 28 through June 2, and the summer market from June 9 through Oct. 27 at Breidert Green, Oak and Kansas streets.

“Frankfort is my premier market,” Marxman said. “The community is really behind it, and it’s in a great location. It’s far more than a farmers market. It’s a social gathering.”

Although he is now maxed out on vendors, new ones added to the mix this year will be flavored coffees, a German bakery and an Italian deli. A new parking lot will be paved by the time the venue hosts the summer market.

There will be entertainment every week, including live music and expanded special events such as chef demos, a “munchkin market,” pony rides and a petting zoo.

Marxman’s Lockport market has been extended to mid-October and moved from the rear of the old courthouse, at 222 E. 9th St., to the front for better accessibility, he said. It will operate from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays from June 3 to Oct. 14. The market is held in conjunction with an antique car show and live entertainment.

Mokena’s farmers market has been extended by three weeks and will have more community involvement, more entertainment and several new booths among the 50-plus vendors, market manager Barb Bergman said. Operated by the Downtown Merchants Association, it will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 to Oct. 14.

“Every day we are getting more vendors,” Bergman said. “There’s more community participation this year.”

Among the new features this year are open-mike days in one of two entertainment tents, with live music throughout the shopping hours. Once a month there will be a health fair and kids crafts, in addition to themed weeks and special events such as free trees on April 27 and free flowers for Mother’s Day.

“There’s a lot more interest in the market this year,” Bergman said.

More information is at www.mokenadowntownmarket.com.

The New Lenox French Market opens May 11 and runs through Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the village hall parking lot, 120 Veterans Parkway.

Opening day will include bird feeder or planter crafts with free seeds from Home Depot and a Touch-a-Truck with the New Lenox Fire Department. Other special events and giveaways will occur throughout the season.



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