1. Stover’s Farm Market
Pies (whole and half), produce (asparagus), dried fruit, salsas, jams, salad dressings, pickles and honey from Berrien Springs, Michigan
2. Teresa’s Fruit & Herbs
The sibling (literally) to Henry’s Farm features produce (Asian chives, berries, etc.), herbs (peppermint, ginger mint) and potted plants (such as sweet peppers), as well as Red Barn Farm goat’s-milk soaps made by Teresa’s and Henry’s sister Jill.
3. Henry’s Farm
Henry Brockman and his family stick to one farmers’ market only. So if you want your pick of the beautiful greens and spinach (not to mention burdock root and sorrel) that this Central Illinois farm is known for, you not only need to get to Evanston, but you need to get there early. Pick up a copy of sister Terra Brockman’s memoir, The Seasons on Henry’s Farm, which was nominated for a James Beard award last year, while you’re there.
4. Great Harvest Bread Co.
The Evanston location brings cinnamon-chip loaves, scones, nine-grain and honey-whole-wheat breads to the market.
5. Seedling Farms
Pete Klein’s South Haven, Michigan, business includes fresh fruit, jams and a smoothie-making stand.
6. To The Point
7. Friends of the Market
8. 1st Orchards
Flowers, plants, produce (asparagus, rhubarb) and apple cider from Dowagiac, Michigan
9. Bennison’s Bakery
Baguettes, croissants and more, made in Evanston
10. Brunkow Cheese
The famous baked cheese heated over a flame, plus cheese curds, hand-rolled butter and more Southwest Wisconsin delights
11. Traders Point Creamery
Perhaps overshadowed by the flaming Brunkow cheese, this Zionsville, Indiana, dairy farm churns out Greek yogurt, fromage blanc, chocolate milk and more.
12. Noffke Family Farm
Flowers, hydroponic tomatoes, plants
13. Geneva Lakes Produce Farm
Plants (lettuce pots) and produce (asparagus) from Wisconsin
14. Lake Breeze Organics
Fruits and vegetables (lettuce mix, spinach, red Russian kale) from Southwest Michigan, available only at this and the Evanston Central Street markets
15. Tomato Mountain Farm
Tomato-based jarred salsas and, down the line, tomatoes from Brooklyn, Wisconsin
16. Gast Farms
Flowers, such as lilacs
17. Lyons Fruit Farm
South Haven, Michigan, produce (asparagus) and, soon, fruit
18. River Valley Kitchens
Variety of mushrooms, pickled vegetables, granola (e.g., cranberry-pistachio) and more from Burlington, Wisconsin
19. Kinnikinnick Farm
Caledonia-based farm offering produce (onions, garlic chives, stinging nettles), herbs, tomato plants, goat’s-milk soap
20. Nanette Allen
Artist selling (expensive) ceramics
21. The Talking Farm
An Evanston-based nonprofit advocating urban farming by selling plants and seedlings
22. Heartland Meats
Natural beef (rib-eye steaks, ground beef) from Mendota
23. Green Acres Farm
Unusual vegetables (wild garlic, wild nettles) from Beth and Brent Eccles’s North Judson, Indiana, farm
Cheese (feta, goat mozzarella) and plants
25. Nichols Farm & Orchard
Produce (heirloom potatoes, spinach) and plants from Marengo
26. Oosterhoff & Son
Flowers (e.g., lilies) and plants
27. Nonprofit group
A different local organization sets up a table each week and fund-raises by selling baked goods such as cakes and muffins.
The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market takes place Saturdays from 7:30am–1pm through November 5 at the intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue