Get it while it's fresh

Hinsdale farmers market opens to customers next week

Find the best of homegrown and homemade treats right in hometown Hinsdale.

The 46th annual Hinsdale Farmer's Market, sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, kicks off its 21-week run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, on Chicago Avenue along Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave. The weekly market continues through Oct. 24, boasting dozens of vendors ready to serve patrons seeking direct-from-the-farm produce, meats, cheeses and many other tasty and unique items.

Amanda Wagner, marketing director for the chamber, said the opening of the farmers market is an eagerly anticipated event in town, signaling the start of the summer season.

"The Hinsdale Farmers Market is a longstanding, sought-out market that vendors, residents and businesses look forward to every year due to its variety with new vendors, and also its consistency," Wagner said, noting the market runs weekly, rain or shine.

It's relatively compact size within one block of Chicago Avenue is also an attractive feature, she commented.

"Being a smaller market, attendees are able to walk through at a leisurely pace, but also participate in other activities that we provide on a weekly basis from our fitness classes to reading with the Hinsdale Public Library," Wagner said.

Familiar and new offerings

Visitors to the market will encounter many of their favorites from previous years as well as a host of newcomers keen to work their way into the hearts of Hinsdaleans and all those stopping by (see sidebar for full listing).

Wagner said the mix of legacy and first-time vendors just adds to the variety that makes the market so inviting.

"They sell everything from fresh fruits and veggies to microgreens, hummus, granola and items to assist you in making great meals at home," she said.

Wagner commented that the Hinsdale Farmers Market's strong reputation is a key asset in attracting new vendors.

"They are very excited to participate - they hear nothing but great comments on our market," she said. "A lot of people hear about our market and recommend attending or participating."

Come for the fitness, too

In conjunction with the market, the free Fitness in the Park programs will be held at 8 a.m. every Monday with a rotating group of fitness leaders helping participants learn new ways to get and/or stay in shape.

And all that exercise is sure to work up an appetite. So choose the healthy route and get your nourishment from those who source it, at the farmers market.

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean