Yes, farmers markets are opening in 2020! Farmers, small business owners, and artisans need our help now more than ever. But do expect changes. According to the Illinois Farmers Market Association: “farmers markets are transitioning from community gathering spaces to transaction based markets, or IN-and-OUT markets. A few key tips from their new safety procedures:
- Maintain at least six feet of space from other people.
- One person per household should come to shop, rather than the whole family.
- Use credit or debit cards; don’t expect change if you bring cash.
- Don’t handle the products.
We’ll sorely miss the community vibe of these events, but showing up to support these businesses without putting them at risk is so important. Select locations are already offering curbside pickup or virtual markets, so check out the list and buy local!
2020 Farmers Markets and French Markets in Chicago’s West Suburbs
This information is up-to-date as of May 30, 2020, and is subject to change based on state mandates.
Aurora Farmers Market Downtown
65 Water Street (directly across from City Hall and the Water Street Mall)
Saturdays from June 27 – October 17, 2020 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Number of patrons at one time will be limited and face coverings are required
Batavia Farmers’ Market
North River Street between Wilson and State Street
Saturdays from May 30 – October 31, 2020 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday Night Street Markets at The Promenade in Bolingbrook
The Promenade at Boughton Road and Janes Avenue
Thursdays, July 2 – August 27, 2020 | 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Outdoor concerts are planned to take place on market days from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; check the Facebook event for updates.
Brookfield Farmers Market
8820 Brookfield Avenue
Saturdays, from June 6 – October 17, 2020 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Downtown Downers Grove Market
Main Street Train Station South Parking Lot off Burlington Ave.
Saturdays, June 6 – October 17, 2020 | 7:00 am – 12:30 pm
They added a page of guidelines for their “in-and-out market“
Elgin Farmers Market
75 S. Grove Avenue
Fridays, June 5 – October 2, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Elmhurst Farmers Market
Municipal Lot (One block south of York street on Vallette)
Wednesdays, June 3 – October TBD, 2020 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Glen Ellyn French Market
Main Street Train Station south parking lot between Main St. and Forest Ave.
Sundays, June 21 – September 27, 2020 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
You can also check out the virtual market to order online.
Hinsdale Farmers Market
30 East Chicago Avenue
Mondays, June 1 – October 12, 2020 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lisle Farmers Market
Garfield Avenue Parking lot north of Burlington
Saturdays, June 20 – September 19, 2020 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Naperville Farmer’s Market
Fifth Avenue Station Parking Lot at 200 E. 5th Avenue
Saturdays, June 6 – October TBD, 2020 | 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
They are also offering touches shopping from 12:30-1pm when you can shop from your car.
Naperville 95th Street Farmers Market
95th Street Library Parking Lot at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive
Thursdays, June 4 – September 24, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Farmers Market at St. John’s Church in Naperville – CANCELED FOR 2020
750 Aurora Avenue
Oak Park Farmers Market
Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake Street (one block west of Ridgeland Avenue)
Saturdays, May 30 – October TBD, 2020 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Oswego Country Market
15 N. Main Street
Sundays, June 28 – October 18, 2020 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Riverside Farmers Market
Centennial Plaza (Near the Historic Water Tower), 10 Pine Avenue
Wednesdays, June 17 – October 7, 2020 | 2:30 – 7:00 pm
Schaumburg Farmers Market
Trickster Art Gallery
190 S. Roselle Road
Fridays, June 5 – October 30, 2020 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. Charles Outdoor Farmers Market
Fourth Avenue and Main Street outside Baker Memorial Church
Planned for Fridays, June 5 – October 30, 2020 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Western Springs French Market
In front of the Water Tower from Lawn Avenue to Grand Avenue
Late June/Early July – September 27, 2020 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
You can also check out the virtual market to order online. Start date was delayed with the hopes that the market can open with cooking on-site and more vendors.
Wheaton French Market
Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton
(Parking lot just south of the railroad tracks)
Saturdays, May 16 – November 7, 2020 | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
See Wheaton French Market Safety Guidelines. You can also check out the virtual market to order online.
Winfield Farmers Market
County Farm Road and Geneva Road
Wednesdays, June 3, 2020 – October TBD, 2020 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Green City Market in Chicago is also worth checking out. Items can be purchased for delivery through the month of May, while outdoor markets anticipate opening in June 2020.
Even with all the safety procedures in place, it can still be intimidating to go out in public these days. But that doesn’t mean you need to forgo fresh, local food:
- Use our guide to connect with local farms to buy meat, produce and eggs directly from the sources.
- Ready to test out your green thumb? Check out Annie’s How to Grow Your Own Food tips.
For more safe ways to get some much-needed fresh air, check out all our articles on outdoor fun!