This past Saturday more than 700 people turned out to shop and listen to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) talk about the virtues of buying local produce and what a farmers' market brings to communities. Video of their appearances can be seen here along with other footage from this season at the market.
Residents also enjoyed a day of live music performed by Steve Justman as well as crafts at the Morton Grove Historical Museum booth. Among the peaches, corn, eggs, coffee, fresh bread, chocolate covered cookies, crepes and other delicacies were conversations about this summer.
Neighbors told stories of their summer travels as they planned their next bar-b-q, kids worked off some steam in the bouncy house and the grown ups enjoyed a game of bingo outside under the shade of the music tents.
Festivals like this are a hallmark of the Morton Grove Farmers' Market. The Market Committee, which is made up of volunteers, works all season long to bring these events to our village. Although summer is coming to an end, the Morton Grove Farmers' Market still has a few more upcoming funfilled events for the remainder of the year.
Scout Day on Sept. 10
All past and present scouts are welcome to join in for a day of camp fires, songs, crafts, skills and of course food. The day will begin with a flag ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by a moment of silence for 9/11. In recognition of the day, the scouts will be highlighting the community service projects they participate in throughout the year and the public will get a chance to join in as well.
Harvest Festival on Sept. 24
The Harvest Festival will take place on Sept. 24. The day will be highlighted with the First Annual Pie Contest, live music, family photographs by a local professional photographer, pumkin crafts, hayrides and a huge assortment of produce for the harvest! Activities begin at 8 a.m. and last until 1 p.m.
Entries for the First Annual Pie Contest must be dropped off at the judges stand no later than 10:45 a.m. and the contest will start directly after. Only fruit pies without any eggs or dairy in the filling along with homemade crust will be accepted. For a full list of rules please visit the Morton Grove Farmers' Market website.
Slices of pie will also be offered to shoppers with a cash donation to the local food pantry.
Halloween Costume Contest and Alpaca Day on Oct. 15
The final festival of the season will be a Halloween Costume Contest and Alpaca Day on Oct. 15! This is the last day of the market, and a great time to stock up for the winter. Albo Acres will be bringing a live alpaca to the market for everyone to meet and also see where the wool comes from.
You may dress like an alpaca or any costume you like for the Second Annual Market Costume Contest! There will be prizes for everyone and all ages are welcome to participate. The market opens at 8 a.m. and judging will take place every two hours until 1 p. m.
The Morton Grove Farmers' Market is full of fruits, vegetables, chocolate, baked goods, fresh crepes, coffee, lemonade, organic natural cosmetics, alpaca wool and knit items, olive oils, grass fed beef, free range eggs and chickens, home made natural granola, cheese and much more. We also have Boston Sharpeners that can sharpen knives, garden shears, lawn mower blades, and more!
Stop by the market Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8930 Waukegan Raod in Morton Grove. For more information go to MGFarmersMarket.com