With spring comes farmers market season in the Chicago area.
I write a lot about hormone therapy and how declining hormone levels and hormone imbalance can drag down your health. Although important, hormones are only one part of overall health. As men age, they enter andropause, which is characterized by low testosterone levels. Women approaching menopause experience multiple symptoms caused by low estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels. Receiving hormone therapy can help improve your health, but that’s only a portion of an effective treatment strategy.
Good health has many influences, starting with the food you eat, and that’s why I love local farmers markets. They are great places to reconnect with the food you put into your body and have fun in the process. First of all, the vibrant colors of fresh produce and meeting people passionate about the food they’ve produced is good for the soul. A lot of these markets have a festival feel to them and if you pair that with a nice sunny day, it becomes a charming experience while getting the healthy food your body needs. Plus, it beats going through a drive-thru window at your local fast food restaurant. While at the market, you can find out where your food originated and how it was raised. If you’re a gardener, you can pick up tips from local farmers about planting and growing. Locally grown food is higher in nutrition and tastes better because it was recently harvested and is fresher. It wasn’t picked before it was ready and allowed to ripen over many weeks while it was being packaged and shipped like you find in many food stores. Finally, you can probably bring your dog to the market, which is great, and I’m pretty sure you can’t do that at Whole Foods.
Below is a list of some great farmers markets throughout the North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago. The nice weather doesn’t last long in Chicago, so get out to one of these markets before the snow starts again. You’ll be happy you did.
Farmers Markets of the North and Northwest Suburbs
Antioch: 845 Main St., 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June 4-Oct. 8.
Arlington Heights: Across from the Arlington Heights Historical Society at Vail Avenue and Fremont Street, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 6-Oct. 17
Barrington: Cook and Main streets, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, June 25-Oct. 22.
Bartlett: 892 S. Route 59 at Route 59 and Stearns, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 29.
Buffalo Grove: Spray ‘n Play Park parking lot, 951 N. McHenry Road, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays, June 14-Oct. 11 (no market Sept. 6).
Burr Ridge: Village center, 701 Village Center Drive, off County Line Road South, 2:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 16-Sept. 15.
Cary: Metra commuter lot, 445 Park Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, June 7-Sept. 27.
Crystal Lake: Train Depot Park, 70 E. Woodstock St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 6-Oct. 10.
Darien: Westwood Park, 75th Street and Fairview Avenue, 3-7 p.m., Wednesdays, June 10-Sept. 9.
Deerfield: Deerfield Road and Robert York Avenue, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 13-Oct. 10 (no market July 4).
Des Plaines: Ellinwood Street, between Pearson and Lee streets, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, June 19-Oct. 16.
East Dundee: Depot Market, Dundee Township Visitor’s Center, 319 N. River St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 9-Oct. 24; also, East Dundee Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May 10-Oct. 25.
Elgin: Harvest Market. Old Gail Borden Library parking lot, 200 N. Grove Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, June 4-Oct. 1; Grand Victoria Casino pavilion, 4-7 p.m. third Thursday of every month, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, and Sept. 17.
Elk Grove: Clock Tower, 901 Wellington Ave., 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 6-Oct. 17.
Evanston: Downtown Evanston Farmers Market, University Place and Oak Avenue, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 9-Nov. 7; West End Ethnic Market, Evanston High School parking lot, Church Street and Dodge Avenue, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, dates to be determined; Ridgeville Market, Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard, 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 3-Oct. 7; McGaw YMCA Market, 1000 Grove St., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, dates to be determined.
Glencoe: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, May 3; 17; June 7, 21; July 5, 19; Aug. 2, 16; Sept. 6, 20; Oct. 4, 18.
Glenview: Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June 27-Oct. 10.
Grayslake: Spring market, Whitney and Center streets, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through May 23; summer market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 3-Sept. 23; fall market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 3-Dec. 19.
Gurnee: Esper Peterson Park, Grand and Kilbourne avenues, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, June 5-Sept. 25
Highland Park/Ravinia: Dean Avenue between Roger Williams and St. Johns avenues, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 3-Oct. 28.
Highwood: Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 26.
Huntley: Municipal Complex, 10987 Main St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 23-Oct. 10.
Lake Bluff: Village Green, Scranton Avenue and Sheridan Road, 7 a.m.-noon Fridays, June 12-Oct. 9.
Lake Forest: Metra parking lot, 671 N. Western Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 20-Oct. 10; and Elawa Farm Garden Market, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 5-Oct. 24.
Lake Zurich: Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, 3-7 p.m. Fridays, June 12-Sept. 25.
Libertyville: 120 W. Church St., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, June 25-Oct. 22.
Momence: 123 W. River St., 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 15-Oct. 14.
Morton Grove: 6210 Dempster St., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June 6-Oct. 17 (no market July 4).
Mount Prospect: Metra lot, Northwest Highway and Route 83, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, June 7-Oct. 18.
Mundelein: Santa Maria Church parking lot, Highway 45 between Crystal and Courtland streets, 3-7 p.m. Fridays, June 19-Oct. 9 (no market July 3 or Sept. 4).
Northbrook: Cherry Lane and Meadow Road, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 17-Oct. 14.
Northfield: 6 Happ Road, one block south of Winnetka Road, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 23-Oct. 17.
Palatine: Metra station, Wood and Smith streets, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24.
Park Ridge: 15 Prairie Ave., south of Metra station, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 23-Oct. 31.
Rolling Meadows: City Hall parking lot, 3600 Kirchoff Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26.
Schaumburg: Trickster Gallery, 190 S. Roselle Road, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, June 5-Oct. 30.
Skokie: Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St., 7:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sundays, June 14-Oct. 25.
Vernon Hills French Market: Metra parking lot, 75 E. Route 45, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 6-Sept. 26.
Wilmette French Market: Downtown Metra parking lot, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 7.
Winnetka French Market: Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road at Gage Street, 4-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 8, 15, 22, 29.
Woodstock: Town Square, 101 N. Johnson St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, through Oct. 31.
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