Best Chicago Suburban Farmers’ Markets

Palatine Farmers’ Market (Photos courtesy of each farmers' market.)

The changing seasons bring fresh fruits and vegetables, and farmers’ markets are great resources for shopping local and enjoying a day out. Check out our list to find the best farmers’ market near you.

Barrington Farmers’ Market

  • June 15 to Oct. 19
  • Thursdays 2-7 p.m.
  • There is a free non-profit booth at each market to keep guests up to date on happenings and ways to get involved.

Buffalo Grove Farmers’ Market

  • June 18 to Oct. 8
  • Sundays 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • This Sunday morning market features veggies, fruit and cheeses.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers’ Market

  • Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Local and sustainable farmers and producers come to this public market bearing produce, flowers and herbs, rain or shine.

Crystal Lake Farmers’ Market

  • June 3 to Oct. 14
  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Enjoy fresh produce, flowers and baked goods at this market, located in the heart of Crystal Lake.

Deerfield Farmers’ Market

  • June 17 to Oct. 14
  • Saturdays 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • This market’s seasonal vegetables and fruit are locally grown by farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market

  • May 6 to Nov. 4
  • Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fresh meat, vegetables, eggs, cheese and bakery items can all be found at this festive market.

Glencoe French Market

  • June 10 to Oct. 14
  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • This small market features everything you could ever want.

Glenview Farmers’ Market

  • June 24 to Oct. 28
  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
  • Farm-fresh meats, bakery products, chef demonstrations, live entertainment and even doggie treats await you here (plus Wagner Farm is right across the street).
Glenview Farmers' Market

Glenview Farmers’ Market

Grayslake Farmers’ Market

Spring Market

  • April 8 to May 27
  • Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Summer Market

  • May 31 to Sept. 20
  • Wednesdays 3-7 p.m.

Fall Market

  • Sept. to Dec. 16
  • Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • This nonprofit organization offers foods, arts and crafts, music and activities for children.

Highwood’s Evening Market

  • June 14 to Aug. 30
  • Wednesdays 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Dine al fresco while you shop for fresh produce, artisan breads, pastas and cheeses. (Don’t forget to check out the live music and local artists’ jewelry, fashion and art!)

Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market

  • June 9 to Oct. 13
  • Fridays 7 a.m. to noon
  • Cooking demonstrations, live music and knife-sharpening services are all offered at this market, which also boasts produce, pastries and flowers.

Lake Forest Farmers’ Market

  • June 17 to Oct. 7
  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The market’s farm-to-table vendors provide a wide array of foods and specialty items; highlights include Michigan fruit, artisan baked goods and Door County whitefish.

Libertyville Farmers’ Market

  • June 22 to Oct. 19
  • Thursdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • This year’s market will feature Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies, The Flower Garden and Tail Waggers.

Northbrook Farmers’ Market

  • June 21 to Oct. 11
  • Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • This market features honey, meat, sauces, oils and products from artists and the community.

Northfield Farmers’ Market

  • May 27 to Oct. 14
  • Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Indulge in sample cheeses, cut flowers, baked goods and fresh-picked fruits and veggies.

Palatine Farmers’ Market

  • May 6 to Oct. 28
  • Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 24 vendors bring herbs, meats, eggs, cheese, sauces, soap, international spices and much more to the Palatine market.
Palatine Farmers' Market

Palatine Farmers’ Market

Park Ridge Farmers’ Market

  • May 27 to Oct. 28
  • Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • This market includes handmade soaps, natural dog treats and the freshest fruits and veggies from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Ravinia Farmers’ Market

  • June 7 to Oct. 25
  • Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fresh produce and baked goods, as well as coffee and oils

Skokie Farmers’ Market

  • June 11 to Nov. 5
  • Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Featuring Amazing Kale Burger, The Talking Farm, and Cafe-Tico

Wilmette French Market

  • April 22 to Nov. 4
  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fresh produce and fruit from regional vendors, as well as handmade jewelry and art

For great tips on how to make the most out of your farmer’s market trip, click here. Happy shopping!

For more markets in the city, check out the City of Chicago’s Farmers’ Markets.

 

Updated on July 31, 2017 by Manon Blackman.