Shop fresh at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market
June 4, 2012 by James
As of May 19, the Oak Park Farmers’ Market is taking place every Saturday until October from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. It is the best place in Oak Park to find locally grown produce and to pick up some donuts. The market is run by the Farmers’ Market Commission, which is an all-volunteer organization.
The Farmers’ Market also sells plants, flowers, homemade honey, herbs, cheeses, and other artisan foods such as breads. The Commissioner’s Table at the market sells a variety of one-of-a-kind items, T-shirts, and bags. Proceeds go to support the market. Next door, the Pilgrim Church sells fresh donuts, juice, and coffee and offers a place to sit down and enjoy some bluegrass music. All proceeds go towards local charity organizations.
Buying locally-grown produce not only ensures that you are getting the freshest food, it also means that you are helping to support local farmers. In addition, local food travels shorter distances and uses less fuel, therefore making it more environmentally friendly. The locavore movement is gaining popularity in the United States as communities come to recognize that supporting local farmers and food providers is good for the environment. Many businesses in Oak Park are following the same trend to be environmentally friendly, a good example being printing companies, who follow codes of conduct to adopt green or environmentally friendly practices. Most printers now use vegetable or soy-based inks, buy only recycled papers, dispose of dangerous chemicals safely, and recycle their own leftover papers. They are setting the example for many other businesses to follow.