May 16, 2016 – The City of Lake Forest 6th Annual Open Air Market opens Saturday, June 18 at the East Lake Forest Train Station parking lot at the corner of Deerpath and Western Avenue featuring more American farmers and student entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, the Market will focus on healthy eating and invite guests to explore, dine and shop in Lake Forest.
This year’s Market has invited even more American farmers: Churchill Orchards from Coloma, Michigan with fresh strawberries, peaches, fall apples and berries; Twin Garden Farms from Harvard, Illinois bringing their local vegetables and special Mirai corn; Alden Hills Organic Farms from Walworth, Wisconsin, featuring organic vegetables, grass-fed beef, eggs, chicken, specialty crops popcorn and garlic. Apple Holler from Wisconsin featuring apple products, Lake Forest College Student Garden and Mill Road Farms from Sheffield, Illinois with local produce, canned goods and prepared items. Chef Dan at Mill Road Farms is also the chef at Lake Forest’s Market House on the Square restaurant. Watch for featured items on the menu this summer.
The Market has expanded its local student entrepreneur vendors. Meet Connor and his local Michigan green, houseplants; Patrick and his popular bakery items, Matt and his “Boards for Education” (hand-made cutting boards) and other local crafts. Local student Austin McGreevy will play guitar at the Market, August 6 and 13. Student-run FoodShareFood.com celebrates its third year at the Market. Food Share Food is a Lake Forest fresh produce CSA business that brings locally grown fruits and vegetables to the tables of Open Air Market customers as well as those in need in surrounding communities. Serving the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area, Food Share Food provides an eight-week summer program of great tasting, healthy produce starting on June 18. For every three boxes, or "shares", of produce sold to the community, Food Share Food delivers one box to those in need in North Chicago. Even more students will showcase their businesses and hobbies on “Community Days”, the first Saturday of every month. There is still room for more student entrepreneurs and all students vendors can sell at the Market for free. Stop by and say “hello” to all of the local school kids interested in the environment and entrepreneurship.
Other vendors at the Market this year include fresh roasted, fair-trade coffee, cheese and local food artisans: Pasquesi's on the Square, Lake Forest, IL; Artisan Bread Shoppe, Evanston, IL; The Jester Popcorn & Lemonade; Taste of Paris, Mundelein, IL; Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, IL; Knife Sharpening; Reprise Coffee, Lake Forest, IL; 4 Elements Natural Bath, Mundelein, IL; The Plant Kid, Lake Forest, IL; Kleiner's Crackers, Fox Lake, IL; Pink House Soap, Lake Bluff, IL; Pressed Vibrance, Lake Forest, IL; Milk and Honey Sandwich Cookies, Waukegan, IL; My Decadent Sweet Tooth, Prospect Heights, IL; Leider's Local Honey, Libertyville, IL; Puna Chocolate Company; Tower Lake, IL: It's Your Season, Vernon Hills, IL; cheese from The Aspiring Kitchen; Nancy's Natural Fix, Libertyville, IL and Gourmet Sea Salts & Thumb Grinders, Morton Grove, IL.
The Open Air Market is open every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm through October 10. Free parking. Music provided by Sipos & Young group with special appearances by Austin McGreevy in August.