Farmers Markets and French Markets in the Near Western Suburbs of Chicago

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One of the best parts of the summer is getting fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy at the farmers market or french market! Isn’t it great that we have access to one or more almost every day of the week?! Not only is it wonderful to support local farmers, you and your kids can also enjoy some entertainment, good food and treats.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a printable list of markets by day with times for each. You can hang it on your refrigerator or anywhere handy so you can easily find a local market on any given day!

Please note that Burr Ridge Village Center will not be having the Market on the Green this year.

 

Bensenville French Market
Downtown Bensenville
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 9pm June 15 – August 31, 2016 *no market July 6

Berwyn Farmer’s Market
Lesak Park
6600 26th Street
Second and fourth Sunday of each month, 9am –1pm June 12 –October 23, 2016

Brookfield Farmers Market
West Side of Brookfield Village Hall
8820 Brookfield Ave.
Saturdays, 8am – 1pm June 4 – October 15, 2016

Darien Farmer’s Market
Darien Community Park 71st St. Parking Lot
7100 Clarendon Hills Road
Wednesdays, 3 –7pm June 8 – September 7, 2016

Downtown Downers Grove Market
Main Street Train Station South Parking Lot off Burlington Ave.
5001 Main Street
Saturdays, 7am – 12:30pm May 7 – October 15, 2016

Elmhurst Farmers Market
Municipal Lot, 1 block south of York street on Vallette
Wednesdays, 7am – 1pm June 1 – October 26, 2016

Glen Ellyn French Market
Crescent/Glenwood Parking Lot Just West of Main Street on Crescent Blvd
(North Side of the Railroad Tracks)
Sundays, 9am – 1:30pm June 5 – October 30, 2016

Hinsdale Farmers Market
Burlington Park
30 East Chicago Ave
Mondays, 7am – 1pm June 6 – October 10, 2016

La Grange Farmers Market
parking lot just north of Village Hall in the downtown area
53 S La Grange Rd
Thursdays, 7am – 1pm May 5 – October 27, 2016

Lisle French Market
PrairieWalk Pond
On Garfield Avenue north of Burlington
Saturdays, 8am – 1pm May 7 – October 29, 2016

Lombard Yorktown Farmers Market
The Shops on Butterfield
Butterfield Road and Highland Avenue
Wednesdays, 3-7pm June 1 – September 7, 2016

Naperville Farmer’s Market
Fifth Avenue Station Parking Lot
200 E 5th Avenue
Saturdays, 7am – noon June 6 – October 31, 2016

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
Pilgrim Church Parking lot
460 Lake Street (one block west of Ridgeland Avenue)
Saturdays, 7am – 1pm May 21 – October 29, 2016

Riverside Farmers’ Market
Historic Water Tower
10 Pine Avenue
Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 7pm June 1 – October 12, 2016

Villa Park French Market
Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue
Sundays, 8am – 1pm May 1 – October 30, 2016

Western Springs French Market
In front of the Water Tower
914 Hillgrove Avenue
Thursdays, 2-7pm May 5 – October 27, 2016

Westmont Open Market
Irving and Cass Avenues
Thursdays, 5-9pm June 2 – August 24, 2016

Wheaton French Market
Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton
(Parking Lot just South of the railroad tracks)
Saturdays, 8am – 2pm April 16 – November 12, 2016

Villa Park French Market
On Park Boulevard, west side of Ardmore Avenue
Sundays, 8am – 1pm May 1 – October 30, 2016

The Green City Market in Chicago is also worth checking out. There are various locations, dates and times on the website.

 

Click and print this list of markets by the day for easy reference! (prints better if your printer is set to landscape, not portrait)

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Want to buy food from a farmers market but don’t know what’s in season? I know that sounds silly, but I’m always a little skeptical of the farm stands that seem to offer as much variety as a grocery store. It’s helpful to know what is ripe in our area. The University of Illinois Extension put together an awesome list of fruits and vegetables that can be freshly picked in Illinois by month! (You can also talk to the farmers to learn about what they grow and where it’s from, but I like to be equipped.)

Illinois: What Is In Season By Month

I want to mention that if you have a vegetable garden or like to garden in general the U of I Extension is a wealth of information. Their website is very helpful and they also have a helpful staff that has answered my questions. I’ve learned a ton from them!

 

Have your kids seen how vegetables like broccoli and zucchini grow? You can show them these photos!

broccoli-growing

zucchini-growing

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. You can follow Annie on Instagram here.

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