French Markets: A Sign of Spring

| April 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

springBy Farrah Brown

This year, spring has been a long time coming. We have had a long, brutal winter. But a sure sign that spring is here… outdoor market


This weekend is the inaugural weekend for most of the french markets in the Chicagoland area. The term “french market” refers to the style of market- outdoor booths with canopy coverings- and not the type of goods sold there.  The aisles are packed with dozens and dozens of vendors of all varieties. The number of vendors at each market continues to grow and the variety of items is amazing: fresh cut flowers, annuals and perennials, fruit and vegetable vendors, handmade clothing, baked goods, soaps, jewelry, the list goes on and on.

I love to browse the booths, smelling all the freshness and seeing all the creative products people have brought to

share.   The produce and plants are all from local growers ensuring the highest quality veges and flowers for your family.  With going-green being all the rage these days and the economy being less than stellar, there is no better way to support local farmers and merchants and reduce your carbon footprint.

With markets in the city and many different suburbs, the chance is good that there is a market right around the corner.  There is the Chicago Green City Market which is outdoors in Lincoln Park during the summers.  They move to their summer location on May 6th.  Then there are the more traditional French Markets (most starting this Saturday

or Sunday) which can be found in Wheaton, Lisle, Villa Park, Geneva, Wilmette, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Wicker Park, Oak Park, and more.  There is also a market in the city at the Nettelhorst Elementary School parking lot on Broadway on Saturdays from 8a-2p.  Check your village/town website to see if there is one in your area and what the hours are.

Making a trip to the French Market is not just a shopping trip.  It is a fun outing for the whole family.  It is family

friendly, earth-friendly, and just plain fun!  So, it is time to brush off those produce baskets and get out there and shop!

An original Chicagonista article.

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Farrah Brown is a part-time nurse and full-time babywearing mom who is always on the lookout for those "hidden gems" in the western suburbs. She can also be found blogging at BabyLove Slings and ChicagoMomsBlog and her newest project, DupageMamas. Oh, and check out her beautiful handmade slings at

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