Although the wind and cold are just around the corner, don’t let the crisp cool days leave you without fresh farm to table produce and artisan goods. Throughout Lake County (and beyond) there is a bounty of vendors and farmers just waiting to fill your tables with their local fare.
Winter Farmers Markets in Lake County
Outdoor Farmers Markets that remain open through dates in December:
Located in Centennial Plaza at the corner of Whitney and Center Streets
The Fall Market begins on Saturdays from September 29 through December 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Libertyville/Radical Root Farm
Located at Casey Farm, 31330 N. Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue), on Thursdays from 3:00.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fridays from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through December.
Indoor Farmers Markets that are open throughout winter:
Lake County Indoor Winter Market
A traveling artisan market that rotates its location throughout the North Shore, the winter market will take place on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. from November to March. This market features local food artisans’ pastured meat and eggs, local honey, produce, fish and more. Follow their Facebook page to confirm start dates.
Vernon Township Building | 3050 N. Main St, Buffalo Grove – 2nd and 4th Sundays December-March
Paulus Park | 200 S. Rand Rd, Lake Zurich – 1st and 3rd Sundays November – March
Faith in Place
A traveling market that provides small, local farm producers, who use sustainable practices, with venues to extend their income beyond the growing season. Held on Saturdays and Sundays November through April. Lake County dates are:
North Shore Congregation Israel | 1185 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe – Sunday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church | 5725 Stearns School Rd., Gurnee – Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Single Date Indoor Farmers Markets:
Holiday Market at the Chicago Botanic Garden
The Holiday Market will be held in Burnstein Hall and will feature seasonal produce, herbs, soaps, candles, honey, and more. Held on December 1 & 2 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., standard parking rates apply.
Farmers Markets Worth the Trip:
Kenosha Harbor Market
Located at Rhode Center for the Arts at 214 56th Street, Kenosha.
Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m Mid October through May you can still get your fill of eclectic foods and goods.
Milwaukee Winter Market
Located at the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes, Greenhouse Annex, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI.
Visit this market on Saturdays, November 3 through March 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Find McHenry area winter markets at Little McHenry County.
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