The crisp air and the colorful leaves on the trees signal both the end of the summer farmers markets and the beginning of several fall markets in Lake County. If you hurry, you can catch the last few dates of the lingering summer markets; if you plan ahead, you will know exactly where to visit as late in the year as December. My family can’t get enough of seasonal, local produce and freshly-baked goods from the farmers markets–even if it means putting on sweatshirts and hats and braving the cooler weather.
Farmers markets that remain open through specific dates in mid-to-late October:
Barrington: Cook Street and Main Street; Thursdays through October 22, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Libertyville: Celebrating 35 years! Church Street between Milwaukee and Brainerd Avenues; Thursdays through October 22, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Libertyville/Church Street Market: St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St.; Sunday, October 25, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This is a one-day, special indoor farmers market that will also feature local vendors, artisans and live music.
Highland Park/Ravinia: Nils Jensen Park, Dean Avenue between Roger Williams Avenue and St. Johns Avenue; Wednesdays through October 28, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Farmers Markets that remain open through dates in December:
Grayslake: Center Street in downtown Grayslake, Fall Market begins on Saturdays from October 3-December 19, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Libertyville/Radical Root Farm: located at Casey Farm, 31330 N IL RT 21, Fridays 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. through December.
Mundelein/Dakotah’s Indoor Farmers Market: located at St. Andrew’s Church, 10 S. Lake Street, Mundelein (southeast corner of Hwy. 45 (Lake Street) and Courtland Avenue), begins Saturday, November 7 and continues through December 19, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Visit the new location of this indoor market, which will feature hydroponic produce and an array of local vendors.
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