Farmer Market Series: Lake Bluff’s market in the park

Farmer Market Series: Lake Bluff’s market in the park
The Gazebo in the center of Lake Bluff's Village Green. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Today we head to the Lake Bluff Farmers market for stop five in our Farmer Market series.

Stepping into the Lake Bluff market is a pleasure. Its laid-back, friendly atmosphere speaks to another time, another place.

Entering the market from Scranton Ave. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Entering the market from Scranton Ave. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The word genteel comes to mind when shopping the market.  The small-town flavor and friendly spirit is evident throughout. The market gives off an east coast vibe. Think, small town New England.

The vendors are situated around “The Village Green” with its iconic white gazebo gracing the center of the green. Children play in the park and dance to the sounds of the day’s musicians while neighbors chat among each other.


Dogs, large and small, and babies in strollers are all part of the scene.  No one seems to be in a hurry. I see no one texting or on their phone.

Shopper crossing the park. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Shopper crossing the park. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Shoppers stroll the market in smart-casual wear, some in straw hats.

Oh, and the market. The well-established market, now in its 22nd year, is just the right size.

You can take a break from your shopping with a crepe from Hand Crafted Crepes. Both kids and adults go crazy for their tasty creations.


With 27 vendors, you can buy everything you need to plan your menu for the week with no need to head to the grocery store.


Friday dinner’s a snap with…whitefish from Door County Whitefish; sweet corn from Twin Acres Farm; new red potatoes from Red Barn; apple pie from Wild Flour Bakery and flowers for the table from The Flower Garden.

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Sunday’s picnic in the park is a no-brainer with…an assortment of cheeses from The Cheese People; flat bread from Three Tarts Bakery; and fruit and berries from River Valley Ranch.

You get the idea.

Wisma. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Wisma. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Although they don’t sell wine at the market, Wisma ( 24 E Scranton Ave), located across the street from the Green has a nice selection of wines, craft beer, ready made chef meals and sides to complete your shopping list.

The Farmers Market runs every Friday through October 9th from 7 a.m. to noon on The Village Green in downtown Lake Bluff–one block east of the Lake Bluff Metra stop.

To read about other Farmers Markets in the series including, Green City, Oak Park and Wilmette, click here.

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