Fresh produce surrounds Lyons

October 10, 2012 by  

Although Lyons, Illinois, does not have a farmers’ market, many of its neighboring towns do and they are still open. There are a number of options to which Lyons residents can still go to get fresh fruits and vegetables, even as the calendar moves toward mid-October.

In Elmhurst, 12 miles from Lyons, the farmers’ market is open Wednesdays, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, at Vallette and York Streets. This year, Halloween falls on Wednesday, which will also be the last day Elmhurst’s market is open. According to Adam Krzemkowski, who manages the Elmhurst venue, many vendors plan to be in costume and have Halloween-themed items for sale. Krzemkowski notes that this year has been a good one for the Elmhurst market, which was unaffected by the drought.

Also still open is the ‘French market’ in Wheaton, Illinois, 21 miles from Lyons. The French market is slightly different from a traditional farmers’ market, since it includes not only locally-grown produce but also crafts, jewelry, and locally-made goods. The Wheaton French market is located at Liberty Drive and Main Street, and is open Saturdays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. It will not close for the season until November 10.

These and other suburban markets are within easy driving distance of Lyons and offer healthful fare, even late in the season. Vendors at these types of markets could benefit from using brochure printing, as well as flyer printing, to promote their businesses and sell their current crops. Brochures could tell prospective customers about the grower and his or her operation, while the flyer would give a list of produce for sale that day. Customers would thus know what is in season and how it is produced.