Orland Park Farmers Market Opens for 12th Season

Orland Park Farmers Market Opens for 12th Season
Posted on 06/07/2013

An Orland Park summer favorite, the village’s Farmers’ Market is a Friday morning destination. This year brings the village’s twelfth season of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and potted plants, bakery items, fudge, jams, jellies, gourmet foods, spices, jewelry, garden stones, kitchenware and more.

“The village’s Farmers’ Market is a Friday morning summer tradition for people from throughout the region,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “It’s a great way to start the weekend, buying fresh produce from area farmers and seeing what all the other vendors are selling,” he added.

Held outdoors at the Orland Park Village Center, the market opens for the season on Friday, June 7 and is open every Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no market on August 2nd so staff can prepare for the Taste of Orland Park.

The Orland Park Village Center is located at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road/US Route 45.

Nearly 40 vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, gourmet food items, oils, bakery goods, salsa, cheese, crafts, jewelry, doggie biscuits, household and personal items, purses and more.

Six new vendors joined the village’s market this year, including Italia Imports selling honey, jams and eggs; Nomadic Spices selling organic spices; Meredith Bryant selling glass sparklers; Rebecca’s Homemade Toffee, Inc; Scentaffection selling soy candles and handmade soaps and soap dishes; and Short & Sweet selling candy and caramel apples, chocolates and more.

Shoppers will also find many favorite vendors from last year including Avon, Pampered Chef, McCarthy Farms, Breadsmith, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Simply Salsa, and others.

During the summer months, community groups will sponsor barbecue lunches offering hot dogs, burgers, chicken and brats, along with a bag of chips, a soft drink and a cookie for a nominal price through mid-August.

“We started the barbecue lunches when we realized how many area business people were stopping on their lunch hours,” said Trustee Kathy Fenton, who first proposed the market 12 years ago. “This makes it more convenient for everyone who shops on their lunch hours, being able to buy what they need and buy a freshly made barbecue lunch at the same time,” she added.

Children’s activities include the free moon jump and the Orland Park Library Story Time. Adults are invited to learn new techniques at the cooking demonstrations offered this summer.

Orland Park’s Farmers Market is sponsored by the Orland Park Prairie Newspaper and WJMK/104.3 K-Hits Chicago Radio.For more information, call 708/403-PARK.