This summer, with a focus on community partnerships, the City will suspend operation of the Open Air Market at the East Side Train Station. In conjunction with Lake Forest property owners, businesses and non-profit groups, the City encourages patrons of the Open Air Market to visit the Elawa Farm Garden Market (opening May 18) and to shop at the variety of retail businesses in the community that offer fresh fruits, cheeses, vegetables, specialty meats, salads, flowers, craft beers, wine and coffee.
Elawa Farm is located at 1401 Middlefork Drive in Lake Forest, and is a magnificently-restored gentleman’s farm originally built for A. Watson Armour in 1917. The Garden Market opens on May 18 and runs through October 27, 2018, featuring produce, herbs and flowers harvested directly from the Elawa Garden and from selected vendors. Over two acres of the Garden are cultivated every year, providing a remarkable array of heirloom tomatoes, lettuces and fresh greens, carrots, beets, squash, honey, flower bouquets, herbs and more. Striving towards sustainability, the Elawa Garden utilizes practices such as field rotation, cover cropping, beneficial predation and organic composting. All these practices are executed by dedicated volunteers whose work ensures the Garden's role in the community as a source for fresh, organically grown local produce. For more information: www.elawafarm.org or call 847.234.1966.
And while you are at Elawa Farm, visit the Wildlife Discover Center, a living natural history museum featuring a variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Admission is free.
There are also interpretive nature trails connecting with the Middlefork Savanna and beyond at Elawa Farm for biking, running or walking.
Thank you for visiting, shopping and dining in the community. Enjoy a beautiful summer and fall in Lake Forest!