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Shoppers pick out tomatoes last year’s Oak Lawn farmers market.  |  File photo

Shoppers pick out tomatoes at last year’s Oak Lawn farmers market. | File photo

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Market Sampling

Alsip

Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.

June 10 through Oct. 14

BEVERLY

9500 Longwood Drive

Sundays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Oct. 26

CHICAGO (downtown)

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Through Oct. 30

Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn

Tuesdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Through Oct. 28

CRETE

1321 Main St.

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Oct. 11

FRANKFORT

100 Kansas St.

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Through Oct. 26

HOMEWOOD

2020 Chestnut Road, village hall lot

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Oct. 11

JOLIET

Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road

Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m.

Through Sept. 18 (closed July 3)

MOKENA

Front Street and Wolf Road

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Oct. 25

OAK FOREST

Metra parking lot, 4850 W. 159th St.

Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon

Through Oct. 11

OAK LAWN

52nd Avenue and Dumke Drive

Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June 4 through Oct. 15

ORLAND PARK

14750 Ravinia Ave.

Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Oct. 3

PALOS HEIGHTS

12217 Harlem Ave., municipal lot

Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Oct. 15

TINLEY PARK

17116 Oak Park Ave., Zabrocki Plaza

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon

Through Oct. 11

WORTH

Metra lot behind village hall

Third Sunday of month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through October

Steve Metsch

Updated: July 3, 2014 6:15AM



Chicago Ridge will host its first farmers market starting at 2 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Glen Maker American Legion Post 1160, 10739 Ridgeland Ave. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m.

Village Clerk George Schleyer, the driving force behind the farmers market, said it’s a way to get more residents involved in the community.

“Nothing screams ‘community’ more than summer events,” he said. “The weather is warm. People are able to get out of the house after a killer winter. This is a chance to get out, buy some fresh produce, some wholesome food and basically hang out.”

Besides Monday, the scheduled dates for the market are June 16, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18, Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6. Village officials hope to have the market every Monday in the summer of 2015.

Schleyer polled residents at the library and village hall in recent months. They were asked if they preferred the market to be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 7 p.m., and which day was best.

“Well, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. came in as overwhelmingly popular,” he said. “We’re calling it ‘working man’s hours.’ Bottom line is Chicago Ridge is a working man’s village. At 7 a.m., most of my neighbors are in their automobiles on their way to their jobs. There’s no time for a farmers market. At 2 in the afternoon, those who don’t work outside the home, maybe seniors, stay-at-home moms, can come out and buy their wares.”

And the later closing time allows those who work a 9-to-5 job “plenty of time to do some shopping and enjoy themselves,” he said.

The later hours are a big selling point for many, Trustee Amanda Cardin said.

“I know I can’t get to those early ones. That leaves you feeling like you’re missing out. I think the buzz is there. People are excited about this,” Cardin said.

The village contacted vendors who are at the Palos Heights and Oak Lawn farmers markets, and some will also be at Chicago Ridge’s market.

Among the vendors are Zeldenrust Farm, which offers herbicide-free organic produce; Nature’s Choice Farm, with antibiotic- and hormone free grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, turkey, pork and eggs; Naturally Herbs, fresh cut herbs; John Bailey Honey, all natural honey and products; Katić Breads, artisan breads; Sinfully Delicious Cupcakes, gourmet cupcakes; and Aracely’s Bakery, homemade tamales.

Regarding the community aspect, the market is open to nonprofit organizations. A tent will be set up each day for a cooking demonstration by chefs from local restaurants.

Holding the market in the American Legion hall’s parking lot is convenient because it’s on Ridgeland Avenue, a few blocks south of the train station, Schleyer said. And it also may help the post.

“They’ve been great to work with. Maybe when Mom is buying her produce, Dad may stop in for a beer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing,” he said with a laugh.



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