Shoppers at the were surprised and delighted with what they found from unique vegetables to dog treats at the initial event Saturday.
One of the pleased shoppers was Susie Wexler of Deerfield. She just found cucumbers to make pickles at one vendor’s stand when she came upon the domain of Prairie View farmer Tim Frillman.
“Where did you get that fresh dill,” Wexler asked Frillman? “How weird to find fresh dill and cucumbers so soon.”
Frillman displayed a number of lettuces along with other vegetables and herbs. He plans to be a regular at the market all summer. “I’m the most local one,” he said of his location approximately six miles away.
When event coordinator Joan Reed was setting up this year’s market, she went out of her way to find the perfect blend of traditional sellers with the proper sprinkle of new. “There is a new coffee Vender with fresh roasted coffee,” she said. “There will even be dog treats.”
And it was canine morsels and coffee that were part of the attraction for Kim Heil of Deerfield and her friend Lisa Schwartz. “We got a couple of bones,” Heil said. She and Schwartz also purchased coffee, pesto and an assortment of produce.
When this Saturday rolls around, Z Bakeries plans to bring more baked goods to their booth. They sold out all their wares by 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The market lasts from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Yes,” Heather Siegel of Z Bakeries said when asked if she would bring more Saturday. “We had pretzel rolls, baguettes, onion rolls and rye pumpernickel (bread).”
For three women from the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Riverwoods, their bake sale had a serious purpose. They were raising money for Habitat for Humanity. Robin Saydit and Julie Grote of Deerfield along with Nancy Fencl of Riverwoods regularly build homes through the group in Waukegan.
“Anyone can join us, they don’t have to be a member (of the church),” Fencl said of the opportunity to build through Habitat for Humanity. “You don’t have to know how. Someone will teach you.”