Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

There are several Farmers' Markets in operation in Evanston. If you're interested in supporting the markets, visit Friends of Evanston Markets.

To apply to be a Homegrown Artist vendor at the Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market, submit this application.

Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market

FarmersMarketLocator_MAP.jpgIn 2014, the Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market is celebrating its 39th year. The market will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May 10 through November 8.
Location: Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave).

The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays. Check for real-time info and bus arrival and departure schedules.

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Fall Fest! - October 25, 9-11:30AM

Everyone is invited to dress in costume to receive special treats. Costumed kids age 12 and under will receive a small pumpkin to decorate at the café area in the southwest corner of the market.

Be sure to stop by the café for other make ‘n’ take activities and to guess the weight of our huge “Jack and Jill” pumpkins. The closest guess wins the pumpkin!

Free Canning Workshops Return!

strawberry canning web home page.jpgCanning workshops will be July 12, July 19, July 26, August 30 and Sept 6. Workshops at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Thanks to receiving the Ball Jar Grant for the second year, free canning workshops will be offered in 2014! Market visitors will learn about the benefits of canning for healthy, sustainable living. The workshops include give-aways, raffle prizes and more.

Spud Club

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Kids, join the Spud Club! It’s free to become a member. You’ll receive your own pass card that you will have punched each week you attend the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market. Get 7 punches and receive a prize. 

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Downtown-Farmers-Market-Logo-cal.jpgThe market has a festive atmosphere and is a real crowd-pleaser! As many as 57 vendors sell a wide variety of goods each week, including fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, eggs and bakery items. LINK cards are accepted and reusable bags are sold on site. Please note that dogs are not allowed at the market (with an exception for service animals). New vendors interested in applying to sell their goods at the market should contact Myra Gorman for an application at 847-448-8045.

Parking is free in the adjacent 1800 Maple Avenue Self Park Garage with ticket validation at the City of Evanston tent.

LINK is the name of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system used in Illinois to distribute food and cash assistance benefits authorized under several federal and state programs, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

Special Events

There's so much to do at the Market. Don't miss a Saturday! The Friends of Evanston Farmers Market are offering a wide range of exciting tent activities during this year's market season: chef demos, kid's art projects and cooking lessons, the amazing Heller bees -- mark you calendar and don't miss a thing!

Special Events Schedule

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Not for profit Day will be held on September 20, 2014.  Applications to apply for space will be ready on June 1.  If you attended last years' event your organization will receive an application via e-mail. Your organization must be defined under the applicable Illinois and Federal Tax Code provision as not-for-profit.

Homegrown Artists display and sell their artwork every Saturday. For more information, contact: Myra Gorman, 847-448-8045 or

Good News for LINK Patrons, Farmers

Thanks to generous grants from Evanston NorthShore HealthSystem, First Bank & Trust, a private family foundation, and proceeds from our annual Harvest Celebration, The Friends of Evanston Farmers Market is able to offer $17,000.00 in matching funds this year for market patrons using LINK cards. Friends will be offering a $1 match for each LINK dollar requested, doubling customers' buying power, up to a $50 limit.

This has a double benefit -- the LINK customers are able to buy twice as much healthy food, and the farmers get a piece of a $34,000 pie. The Friends of Evanston Farmers Market are extremely grateful to their donors for making this possible.

NEW THIS YEAR: The matching fund tokens from Friends will have a hole drilled through the middle, to differentiate them from the regular LINK tokens. This is because the regular LINK tokens never expire, but the matching fund tokens need to be used during this market season.

West End Ethnic Market

Dates: June 14-October 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Intersection of Church St. and Dodge Ave. (ETHS parking lot)

LINK cards are accepted at the West End Market.

Ridgeville Market

Dates: June 4 through October 8, 2014
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 7 p.m. (or until dark)
Location: Intersection of Ridge Ave. and South Blvd.
Contact: Michael Miro, Manager, 847-869-5640
The eighth annual Ridgeville Farmer's Market will be held in 2014. This is south Evanston's only mid-week farmers' market. You can stock up on fresh, local produce, artisan breads, freshly ground coffee, and great cookies. Connect with local growers and vendors, while you take in the music and park atmosphere. More information

McGaw YMCA Market

Dates: May 28 through mid-October
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 7am to 1pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
Stop by and purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
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