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Liz Kubacki right Tinley Park holds her puppy Bellleash as she visits Lucy Corbett (from left) 3; Lucy's brother Jude

Liz Kubacki, right, of Tinley Park, holds her puppy Bella on a leash as she visits Lucy Corbett (from left), 3; Lucy's brother Jude, 1; and Ashley Groszek, 12, near the Frankfort farmers market. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 25, 2014 6:31AM



Liz Kubacki calls the Frankfort Country Market “an amazing place to come on Sunday morning.”

The Tinley Park resident was in good company Sunday, with thousands of people attending the market Sunday, and hundreds still lingering well after vendor booths had closed.

Kubacki brings her small dog, Bella, to listen to music on the green. Bella gave lots of licks to Lucy Corbett, 3, and her brother, Jude, 1.

They were sitting next to another group who made a picnic on the blanket. Ashley Groszek, 12, Autumn Groszek, 15 and Bri Darin, 20, said they come every week to hang out with friends and family.

Vendors also like the crowds that the market, spread out over several parking lots in downtown Frankfort, attracts.

Justin Nola and Rattana Thongsavanh said that on hot days, they make over 200 smoothies at their Paradise Smoothie booth. Jennifer Litzan says the market is busy enough to justify her driving down from Milwaukee each week to sell lavender sachets, soaps and lotions.

Nuns from the Fraternitie Notre Dame of Chicago make traditional French macaroons and other baked goods using organic ingredients. Sales at the Frankfort market help the nuns raise money to feed the poor at their daily food kitchen.

Rick Mikula, of Rick’s Sharpening Service in Crest Hill, goes to five markets a week, including Frankfort, Oak Lawn, Orland Park and Tinley Park. Mikula brings his trailer and sharpens just about anything, from knives to lawnmower blades, on the spot. On Sunday, he had about 50 customers drop off items that he sharpened while they shopped.

Another reason the market is successful is its proximity to the Old Plank Trail. Kirk Miller bikes from Mokena and likes to use the market as a pit stop, he said. Another biker, Mark Ruder, 3, of Orland, likes how easy it is to ride his bike with training wheels there, said his mom, Rosaro Ruder.

“We love this bike trail, and the market of course,” she said.



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