Several varieties of jelly are available at the Lemont farmers market. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 6, 2014 2:12AM
As the season’s produce ripens, the Lemont Farmers Market appears ready to flourish.
“We’re just starting to get the fruits and vegetables that are starting to come into season,” Lemont village administrator George Shafer said. “It’s starting to grow.”
The market features four independent farmers from Illinois and one from Michigan. They include Zandstra’s Produce, Hiemenz Nursery, Paw Paw River Farm and Windy Hill Farms Gourmet Beef.
Shoppers will find mostly vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, mushrooms, lettuces, beans and herbs at Zandstra’s Produce. For something sweet, shoppers can look to Paw Paw River Farm for a wide variety of berries and fruit, such as raspberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches, pears, plums, apples and grapes. It also has cider, honey and maple syrup.
Hiemenz Nursery offers a variety of shrubs, mums and container plants.
Windy Hill Farms is a local family farm that offers hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, according to the Lemont village website.
“Sheers are corn-fed and are 18 to 24 months of age,” the site said. “All beef is steakhouse quality, used and recommended by the Illinois Institute of Culinary Art in Chicago.”
More than a dozen other vendors will be set up the rest of the season, including Spice merchants of Downers Grove, The Olive Gallery, Tupperware and Usborne Books.
Those who like to eat while they shop can stop by EnJoy! Bake Shop, Grandma’s Goodies, or Parmesan’s Wood Stone Pizza.
Shoppers also can bring knives, scissors and tools for on-site sharpening by Dark Star Sharpening.
The market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in Talcott Square Parking Lot, at the intersection of Stephen and Talcott streets, behind Stone House Pub and La Dolce Vita.
For more information about what is available, visit www.lemont.il.us or call (630) 243-2700.