The crisp air and the colorful leaves on the trees signal both the end of the summer farmers markets and the beginning of several fall markets in Lake County. If you hurry, you can catch the last few dates of the lingering summer markets; if you plan ahead, you will know exactly where to visit as late in the year as December. My family can’t get enough of seasonal, local produce and freshly-baked goods from the farmers markets–even if it means putting on sweatshirts and hats and braving the cooler weather.
Fall Farmers Markets in Lake County
The following farmers markets will remain open through specific dates in mid-to-late October:
Barrington Farmers Market
Park Ave. and Cook St.
3:00 – 7:oo p.m. Thursdays through October 17
Buffalo Grove Farmers Market
Mike Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Rd.
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sundays through October 13
College of Lake County Farmers Market
In front of the Horticulture Building, Lancer Ln., Grayslake
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through October 17
Deerfield Farmers Market
Metra Commuter Lot, Northwest corner of Deerfield Rd. and York Ave.
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through October 12
Highland Park: Ravinia Farmers Market
Jens Jensen Park, Dean Ave. between Williams Ave. and St. Johns Ave.
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays through October 30
East Grand Farmers Market
East Grand Rd., Gurnee
October 20, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lake Forest/Garden Market at Elawa Farm
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Drive (off of Waukegan Road, between Route 176 and Deerpath Road);
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 26
Libertyville Farmers Market
Cook Park, Church St. between Milwaukee and Brainerd Ave.
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursdays through October 17.
Winter Farmers Markets in Lake County
The following farmers markets will remain open through December.
Grayslake Farmers Market
Plaza at the corner of Whitney and Center Street in downtown Grayslake
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturdays through December 14
Libertyville: Radical Root Farm
Casey Farm, 31330 N. IL Rt. 21
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursdays & Fridays, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturdays through November.
Do you frequent a fall farmers market? Tell us about your favorite fall farmers market finds in the comments section below.