If you’re looking to shop small and support local businesses, hitting a farmer’s market is the perfect way to start. Even if it’s a small market with only a few vendors, you still have an opportunity to find new neighborhood shops. Since I didn’t have a ton of time this morning, I stayed local and hit the Plainfield Farmer’s Market; granted it’s still pretty small, there’s great quality!
Peter Rubi’s is already a produce favorite (remember to tell them Shop Small sent you when you visit their actual store for a discount!). Picked up a little bit of fruit since I was just at their store a couple of days ago.
It’s become my little tradition to pick up a treat for my pup at each farmer’s market: today’s treat came from 2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery. Owner Carol Burd is committed to creating healthy treats for your four legged friends. Of course, how could I pass this up today…
Sometimes you can luck out with great deals showing up close to the end of the market’s hours, but you also run the risk of missing great products. Such was the case with Amy’s Organics. While Amy’s is normally “bringing the farmer’s market to you,” her delivery truck has become a staple at this market. Apparently everyone has been waiting for today’s first market for her grass fed meats, fresh eggs, and local jams & honey- almost everything was sold out! Amy’s website gives more information about her local farmers (great way to get fantastic Majestic Nursury & Farm produce if you can’t make it to the Chicago Green City Market). Amy won’t be at the next couple of market dates, but you can still get an order delivered next week if you order soon.
Most markets today are more than just produce; they’re local artisans, crafters, and small business owners. Usually you’re speaking with the actual farmer and owners, so ask questions, get recommendations, they’re passionate about what they do and love sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm! We just need to go support them.
I haven’t hit them all yet this season (I’ll keep you posted on new ones I find too), but here are a few of my favorite summertime markets.
Which farmer’s market is your favorite?
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Plainfield Farmer’s Market
Corner of Rte. 59 & Lockport St.