ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MARKET
What Day & Time is the Market
The Downtown Elgin Farmers Market runs every Friday beginning June 1 through October 5th. The hours are from 3pm to 7pm.
Where Do I Park?
Free public parking is available at numerous public parking garages and on surrounding streets. For street parking we suggest trying along Spring Street or Grove Avenue near Festival Park. Nearby parking garages and lots are located at Grove & Highland, at Chicago & Riverside, at Spring & Chicago, on Fulton Street and across from the Casino on Grove Avenue.
Who Are Your Vendors?
Here is a look at some of the vendors who will be joining us throughout the season. Please note vendors will vary by date based on their availability.
Bridge ‘N Sweets Gourmet Bakery
Broadview Farm and Gardens
Cook’s Ice Cream
Curd & Crust
First Star Art
Kenny G’s Organic Vegetables
Klein’s Farm & Garden Market
Red Flower Organics
Shared Harvest-Elgin Food Cooperative
Sitka Salmon Shares
Spartan Gourmet Foods
Treasure Breads, Inc.
How Can I Sign-Up To Be A Vendor?
We are still accepting vendor applications for select categories. Please apply here.
Is The Market Dog Friendly?
Yes! Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at the market!
Are There Public Bathrooms Available?
Yes! Port-o-Lets, courtesy of Waste Management, are available on the west side of Grove Avenue just north of Fulton Street.
What Type of Produce Will You Have?
We will encourage our participating farm vendors to bring as much fresh produce as possible! Please keep in mind the seasonality of produce availability in our area will vary based on growing conditions and weather. Click here to see a guide to what’s in-season locally.
Do You Have Food Trucks?
Yes! We are excited to feature a variety of food trucks this season. Here is a sampling of who will be at the market. Please note, dates will vary so check our Facebook page for more information.
Do You Take Credit, Debit or EBT/Link?
Yes! Most vendors are able to accept credit and debit. You can also purchase market tokens at the DNA Info Tent. We accept debit and credit for the purchase of tokens which can be used as cash with any vendor. In addition, those with EBT/Link Cards can also purchase tokens at the DNA Info Tent and will be matched up to $20 per market thanks to our partnership with BMO Harris Bank.
EBT/Link Token Example
If you purchase $10 in tokens with an EBT/Link Card, we will match your purchase for a total of $20 in tokens.
If your purchase $20 in tokens with an EBT/Link Card, we will match your purchase for a total of $40 in tokens.
If you purchase $30 in tokens with an EBT/Link Card, we will match your purchase up to $20 for a total of $50 in tokens.
Are There Activities for Kids or Entertainment?
Yes! Side Street Studio Arts is providing a children’s program almost every Friday (not on First Friday’s) through the end of August. We also will have face painting on select dates and community partners giving out promotional items. Throughout the season look for special entertainment on First Friday’s.
Where Can I Eat or Get a Drink?
There are plenty of options for dining and great bars in Downtown Elgin. For more information please visit our Downtown Elgin Directory.
What Happens If It Rains?
The market is open rain or shine! In case of severe weather or lightening we may close. If the weather looks bad please check our Facebook page.