Skokie Farmers' Market
Skokie's famous, fabulous, fantastic Farmers' Market, celebrating more than a quarter century of operation, presents farmers and vendors from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Farmers' Market continues to proudly boast of this community-spirited event and the freshness of its vegetables, fruits, cheeses and flowers, often picked just hours before being made available to customers.
7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Sunday from June 15 through October 26, 2014.
5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077
*Dogs and pets are not permitted in the Market.
Free parking in Village parking lots.
Cheese People - Wisconsin Cheeses
Ellis Family Farms - Berries, Cherries, Peaches, Apples
Flower Garden - Fresh Cut Flowers
Hair of the Ferret - Fresh Salsa
Heritage Orchards - Apples, Peaches, Tomatoes, Cider
Horcher Farms - Plants, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Vegetables
Katic Breads - Fresh Baked Goods
La Spiceria - Spices
Let's Spice It Up - Spices
Le Venture - Fresh Baked Goods
M&D Farms - Sweet Corn, Vegetables, Plants
Miller Farms - Berries, Peaches, Apples, Jams, Cider
Natural Environments - Organic plants and vegetables
Noffke Farms - Berries, Peaches, Apples, Melons
Pasta By Sue - Fresh Pasta
Patz Farms - Honey and Maple Syrup
River Valley Ranch - Fresh Mushrooms, Sauces
Six Generations Local Farming - Corn, Vegetables, Pumpkins
That Pickle Guy - Fresh pickles, peppers and giardiniera
Tony's Old World - Sharpening Services
White Star Gourmet - Sauces, Baked Goods, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
- Voted "Best on the North Shore" by North Shore Magazine readers in the July/August 2001 issue
- Held annually for more than a quarter century
- As many as 2,500 visit every Sunday
- Farmers from three Midwestern states sell their products
- Open every Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. through the last Sunday in October
- Wisconsin cheeses, including soft cheeses, sell briskly
- Sponsored by the Village of Skokie Consumer Affairs Commission
- Two bakeries offer freshly baked breads and pastries
- Seven varieties of apples are for sale
- Fruits and vegetables are sold by the bushel as well as per piece and per pound
History of the Skokie Farmers' Market
The first Farmers' Market opened with a dozen vendors in June of 1975. Sponsored by the Village of Skokie Consumer Affairs Commission, the Market has steadily grown in size to host more than 4,000 visitors each year. Two of today's vendors who sold their produce at the first market are Miller Farms of Coloma, Michigan, and Noffke Farms of Coloma, Michigan. Tony Durante continues to delight adults and children alike with his rapid knife-sharpening techniques. A number of sons and daughters of other original vendors continue to participate in the Market. Many of the customers return year after year as well. The original objective of freshness and quality is assured by keeping the Market to a modest size. In addition to all of the expected fruits and vegetables, special varieties of mushrooms are available including Portabello and Morrel and mushroom sauces which are sold by River Valley Ranch. White Star Gourmet sells homemade European sauces.
The Market is a Skokie community event. People renew their friendships with the farmers and other visitors each year. They come to shop - some even purchasing barrels of sweet corn and apples - and to catch up on a year's worth of news. Today there are 17 vendors. The Market has branched out slightly to reflect customer demand for such foods as freshly baked bread and pastries as well as a wide array of spices, herbs and sauces.
Terry Oline, Supervisor Property Standards Division
Village of Skokie