Across the country, farmers markets will be celebrating National Farmers Market Week and the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market is one of them. The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market invites the public to join them Thursday, August 9, 4-8pm to converse with their local state officials including State Representative Keith Farnham and others, about the importance of farmers markets, locally accessible foods, and state food policies. Harvest Market volunteer Ina Dews will also conduct her third canning demonstration of the season.
In thousands of communities across the country this summer, farmers markets are more than simply a place to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. They are hubs for information and home to thousands of innovative partnerships that teach skills and expand knowledge about food, health, the environment, and agriculture. The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market enjoy partnership with its sponsors and not for profits in the Elgin area community like Alexian Brothers Health Systems, Dave Tree Expert Company, Waste Management, Simple Balance Holistic Center, Salon Couture, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Elgin Public Museum, Elgin History Museum, Elgin Climate Change Organization, Elgin Community Network, Hawthorne Hills Nature Center, Highland Christian Academy/Fellowship Church, Well Child Center, Boys and Girls Club, and Elgin Parent Co-op and many more!
United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proclaimed August 5th through 11th, 2012 as National Farmers Market Week. Since 2000, when the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) first proclaimed National Farmers Market Week, the number of recorded farmers markets has grown over 170%, from 2,863 in 2000 to more than 7,800 in 2012. As these numbers increase, farmers markets are bolstering local economies, improving community health, and bringing diverse groups of people together through a shared social space. The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market is one of more than 7,000 in the country operating in 2012, and of the 250+ in Illinois, which makes it the 6th largest in the country for amount of markets.. Our market has enjoyed vendor and customer growth over the last 5 years and has made significant changes to its location, time, and accepting credit cards and Link cards, all in the efforts of helping Elgin area residents have easy access to fresh, local produce and products that are mostly made and grown around the Chicagoland area.