Summer Guide 2012: Farmers Markets in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Monday, May 21st, 2012 by

Are you ready to snap up some fresh fruits and veggies, and perhaps treat yourself to a bouquet of flowers, too? Here’s our 2012 Guide to Farmers Markets in Chicago’s far western suburbs. If you know of one that should be added to this list, please put it in the comments section. To market, to market you go!

Photo by NatalieMaynor on Flickr.WEDNESDAYS

* The Aurora Farmers Market West is being held on Wednesdays, starting July 11. It runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will close for the season Sept. 12. 

* The Aurora Farmers Market East is being held on Wednesdays, starting July 11. It runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will close for the season Sept. 12.

* The South Elgin Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from June 6 through Sept. 19. You’ll find locally grown fruits, vegetables and a variety of other goods.

  • Location: Flower Wagon Garden & Nursery Center, 989 W. Spring St., South Elgin, IL.
  • Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • For more info: 847-695-9034 or 847-622-0003.

* The Warrenville Farmers Market is scheduled for Wednesdays from June 20 through Sept. 12, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The market offers fruits, vegetables, plans, honey, crafts and more.

  • Location: Courtyard Banquets Parking Lot, 3S200 State Route 59, Warrenville, IL.
  • Hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • For more info: Tom Rowe at 630-393-7279 ext. 308.
THURSDAYS

* The Geneva Green Market is held on Thursdays from 7 a.m until 1 p.m. starting June 7 and usually running through October. The Green Market’s mission is to offer locally grown produce and minimally processed products that originate from within 200 miles of Geneva; about half of the farmers plant within 20 miles of Geneva. 

  • Location: 75 North River Lane, Geneva, IL.
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • For more info: Contact Connie Weaver at 630-377-0373 or genevagreenmarket@gmail.com.

* The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market is held on Thursdays through from June 7 through Oct. 4. It is being held during new hours this year: From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year, the market is placing a special emphasis on local vendors selling mostly locally grown and produced foods, as well as education on sustainable practices for healthy living and a weekly feature on arts and artisans. 

  • Location: Old Library Parking Lot, 200 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin. 
  • Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • For more info: Go to www.downtownelgin.com or call 847-488-1456.

* The DeKalb Farmers Market is held on Thursdays from June 7 through Sept. 29 from noon until 6 p.m. It offers produce, flowers, herbs, wine, baked goods, soap and handmade crafts. The “Live Music Lunch Series” is held every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

  • Location: On Van Buren plaza, 1/2 block north of Route 38, at the Corner of North 2nd and Locust, DeKalb, IL.
  • Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • For more info: Contact Lindsey Engelsman at 815-748-7788 or lindsey@renewdekalb.com.
FRIDAYS

* The St. Charles Farmers Market is held on Fridays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. from June 3 through Oct. 26. It is held rain or shine and offers produce, fruit, cheese, eggs, beef and goat meat, poultry products,  flowers, garden plants, honey, produce and foodstuffs. The market also offers gourmet food products, fresh baked bread, garden and landscaping products, jewelry, arts and crafts.  

  • Location: Outside the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church at 4th Avenue and Main Street (Route 64), St. Charles, IL.
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • For more info: Contact Rob Murphy at 630-584-6680 or robbm592002@yahoo.com. 
SATURDAYS

* The Aurora Farmers Market is celebrating its 100th year at a new location, Wilder Promenade (the former Aurora Police Headquarters.) The market is hold on Saturdays from June 2 through Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Aside from seasonal fruits and vegetables, Aurora’s Farmers Market showcases home-baked goods, fresh cut flowers, gourmet wines and cheeses; lawn ornaments; arts and crafts; a variety of cooking and kitchen items; food demonstrations featuring local chefs; blood pressure checks; and a wide array of entertainment from local artists. Children in pre-school through fifth grade can learn and play together in the Sprouts program on nutrition during each downtown market in June, July and August.

* The Batavia Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from June 16 through Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. until noon. It offers produce, flowers, fruits, breads, meats, eggs, gourmet mushrooms, sauces and herbs. 

  • Location: Water Street, between Wilson and First streets, Batavia, IL.
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon.
  • For more info: Contact Sue Fricano at 630-761-3528 or sue@downtownbatavia.com

* The Sugar Grove French Market is held on Saturdays from  8 a.m. until noon through Sept. 25. It offers fresh food, drink, flowers, arts, crafts and jewelry.

  • Location: Sugar Grove Village Hall Parking Lot, 10 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, IL.
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon.
  • For more info: Leslie Caill at 312-575-0286.

* The Yorkville Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from June 9 through Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. It offers farm-grown vegetables, honey, baked goods, coffee and more. 

  • Location: Town Square Park, S. Bridge Street (Route 47) at S. Main St., Yorkville, IL.
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon.
  • For more info: Contact Tim Evans at 630-553-4347 or tevans@yorkville.il.us.

* The Wheaton French Market is held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. from April 21 through Nov. 10 It offers flowers, locally grown produce, jewelry, crafts and more.  

  • Location: Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton.
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • For more info: Call 630-784-0862. 
SUNDAYS

* The Geneva French Market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m from April 27 through Oct. 26. It offers fruits and vegetables and gifts in a European-style market.

  • Location: The Geneva Metra Parking Lot, the northwest corner of South and Fourth streets, Geneva, IL.
  • Hours: 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
  • For more info: Contact Leslie Cahill at 312-575-0286 or bensidoun@yahoo.com

* The Discover Sycamore Farmers Market is held every Sunday from June 3 to Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. It offers fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, flowers and cheeses.  

  • Location: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets, Sycamore, IL.
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • For more info: discoversycamore.com.

* The Oswego Country Market is held on Sundays from June 3 through Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It features locally grown produce, naturally raised beef, pork, and chicken, delicious Wisconsin cheese, Michigan blueberries, and specialty food items. Selected crafters and artists will offer their wares, and volunteers from community groups will be on hand to promote their organizations.

  • Location: Main Street, between Tripp Insurance and the American Male store, Oswego, IL.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • For more info: Contact Cori Veverka at 630-554-4433 or the market’s Facebook page.
  • Jeannette

    The Elmhurst Farmers Market is on Wednesdays, 7am-1pm on Vallette and York streets.
    Thank you for this list!

  • http://www.gowestyoungmom.com Tara Burghart

    Thanks, Jeannette! I've added the Elmhurst Farmers Market to the guide under the "Good Eats" section.

  • Dale

    2013 Aurora’s Farmers Market

    Aurora’s Farmers Market
    Illinois’ Oldest Market
    Eat Fresh, Buy Local, and Be Well!

    We invite you to shop for locally grown just-picked produce, fresh from the farm preserves, artisan cheeses, old world breads and a very diverse selection of handcrafted products at Illinois’ Oldest Farmers Market. Come taste the difference and get to know your farmer and producer personally. Discover new treats, sample delicious fresh produce, and connect with friends and neighbors.

    Aurora’s Farmers Market Downtown
    Located at the Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL
    Open each Saturday, June 1 through October 19 from 8:00 a.m. until 12 Noon.

    Aurora’s Farmers Market West at West Plaza, 1901 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL
    Open every Wednesday, July 10 through September 11 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Aurora’s Farmers Market East at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
    Located at 701 E. Eola Road, (next to FVPD Eola Center) Aurora, IL
    Open every Thursday, July 11 through August 29 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    CONTACT INFORMATION
    Aurora’s Farmers Market
    5 East Downer Place
    Aurora, IL 60505
    Dee Basile – Market Master
    630-256-3370
    farmersmarket@aurora-il.org