Farmers Market Returns to Downtown Elgin for 2019 Season
The Farmers Market in Elgin is set to open its 2019 season on Friday June 7th. The market takes place along South Grove Ave, between DuPage Court, and Fulton Street in Downtown Elgin on Friday afternoon beginning at 3pm and running until 7pm. The market is a rain or shine event that continues until October 4th.
Link Match Program Available
Formerly known as the Elgin Harvest Market, the market relocated to South Grove Ave in 2018. Presented by AMITA Health, the Elgin Farmers Market strives to increase the public’s accessibility to fresh local foods. Individuals under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Illinois’ SNAP program, formerly known as “food stamps”) are eligible to receive an additional $20 at the market when they use their Illinois EBT LINK card thanks to the Link Match Program. The program is sponsored by the Elgin branch of BMO Harris Bank, and is made possible by LINK UP Illinois.
Many of last year’s vendors will be returning and will continue to offer fresh products, including: fruits, vegetables, eggs, fresh fish and meat, honey and more. Other items for purchase will also be available, including handmade crafts, pet products, as well as body care items.
Free parking is available throughout Downtown Elgin, within nearby parking garages along Chicago Ave and Fulton Street. The public should be aware that through traffic along S. Grove Ave from Chicago Street is closed during market hours, starting at 1:00pm and will reopen at 8:00pm. Residents of the nearby Fountain Square Apartments will still be able to enter and exit their private parking garage.
“I’m looking forward to another exciting Farmers Market season,” says Elgin Farmers Market Manager Christina Gonzales, “A lot of our vendors from last year are returning and it’s a great feeling knowing they have faith in our market. We made a lot of changes last year, and we’re working hard to continue to obtain some new vendors, and to expand our footprint.” Gonzales also serves as the Events and Promotions Coordinator for the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, who have hosted the Farmers Market in Elgin since 2000.
New vendors are welcome to participate in the market and are encouraged to contact the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin office at 847-488-1456. Or click here to obtain a copy of the regulations and to complete your application to be considered for vendor entry into the Farmers Market in Elgin.
Shop the market. Stay awhile.
After shopping the Farmers Market in Elgin, visitors are encouraged to stay awhile and explore all that Downtown Elgin has to offer. Friday evenings are always a lively time! Whether your looking for a nice destination for dinner, drinks and live music, local theatre or artist receptions, or a place to visit with the family, the options are plentiful. Start exploring our town and you’ll surely find many exciting things to do in Downtown Elgin.