Farmer's Markets Lockport IL

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Joliet City Center Farmers Market
(815) 774-6066
Van Buren and Chicago Streets; 116 N. Chicago Street, Suite 101
Joliet, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Friday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
Will

Palos Park Women's Club Farmers Market
(708) 448-5580
123rd & 88th Ave.; 12312 88th Avenue
Palos Park, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
County
Cook

Downers Grove Farmers Market
(630) 968-8400
Main Street Metro Station; Indian Boundary YMCA, 711 59th Street
Downers Grove, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
DuPage

Palos Heights Farmers Market
(708) 361-1800
Tiffany Square Shopping Center, 119th & Harlem Ave; 7607 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Wednesday, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
Cook

lisle French Market
(630) 784-0862
Main & Burlington
Lisle, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Mokena French Market
(630) 367-4569
Southeast corner of Wolf Rd. & Front St.
Mokena, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
County
Will

Village of Orland Park Farmers Market
(708) 403-6145
Village Center Complex; 14700 S. Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Friday, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
Cook

Tinley Park Farmers Market
(708) 532-9260
Metra Station 173rd & Oak Park Ave.; 17116 Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Cook

Frankfort Country Farmers Market
Downtown at Breidert Green Oak & Kansas St.; P.O. Box 1562
Frankfort, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-October Sunday, 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
County
Will

Hinsdale Farmers Market
(630) 323-3952
Garfield Ave. parking lot; 22 E. First Street
Hinsdale, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Monday, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
DuPage & Cook

Tips for Growing the Perfect Tomato

Last weekend, I bought something at the farmers’ market that got me so excited I went way over budget and didn’t even wait until I got home to dig into my purchase. What got me so amped up amid crowds of pushy people before I’d even finished my morning coffee? The advent of tomato season, of course.

Farmers’ market tomatoes are a different breed—figuratively and often literally—than the hard, packaged ones in the grocery stores’ year-round produce section. They’re multicolored, they range in size from that of a Ping-Pong ball to that of a grapefruit, and the taste (oh, the taste!) is fruity, sweet, and silky all at the same time. My ode to fresh tomatoes would be one of undying love if it weren’t for the price: my breathless purchase set me back ten bucks. This got me thinking: could I grow my own tomatoes and feed my craving for the fruit while saving money—and cultivate my own green thumb at the same time?

To find out what it really takes to grow a good tomato, I consulted Penny Granberg, a grower who, according to local opinion, consistently grows the farmers’ markets’ juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes.

Should Any Home Gardener Give It a Try?
Turns out, tomatoes are one of the top crops in home gardens, since they’re easy to grow , compared with other fruits and veggies. And don’t think that tomato growing is just for Californians or Floridians—tomatoes are cold-tolerant to a certain extent. To help out gardeners nationwide with just this dilemma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the plant hardiness zone map , which divides North America into eleven zones, ranked by how cold they are (zone one being the coldest). If you look up a plant, like a certain type of tomato, it will tell you whether that plant will survive in your region. For example, one type of tomato might be cold-tolerant to zone seven, so if you live in zones seven through eleven, that’s a type that’s worth a try.

There are two basic types of tomatoes from which to choose: determinant varieties, which stop growing new vines when flowering begins (leading to a large, single crop), or indeterminate varieties, which continue to add new growth throughout the season (usually from midsummer until the first frost).

Plan for Planting
Feeling ambitious enough to start from seed? “Plant them in April,” recommends Granberg, whose Rose Lane Farm in California grows about 1,800 tomato plants each year. “Otherwise, a late frost will ruin them.” Granberg says it’s best to start from seed, but if you lack the timing or patience (or green thumb, like I do), she says, buying a young plant from a reputable nursery is also a fine way to get started, especially for first-timers.

Granberg recommends planting in April because it’s crucial to wait until any possibility of frost has passed. Check with your local garden store to find out an ideal planting time for your area.

Room to Grow
We associate tomatoes with summer because they’re warm-weather produce, which ...

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