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LANARK, Ill. — The beauty and vitality of the land in northwest Illinois has long been a source of pride for Lanark residents. One way to showcase and share the bounty of the surrounding farms and backyard gardens is to create a venue for farmers and gardeners to sell their produce and home goods in a festive, shady environment. This is the dream coming to fruition for those launching the re-imagined farmers’ market in Lanark.
“We had a very well attended ‘Divide and Conquer Plant Swap and Sale’ earlier in May,” said Cornucopia Committee member Lee Reese. “It was an opportunity for us to identify local growers as well as those interested in fresh foods and horticulture in general. Now, we are eager to launch a new farmers’ market here in town that features home-grown goodies, produce, music, workshops and more.”
The Cornucopia Committee of Lanark is a passionate group borne out of the town’s recent MAPPING process. Their goal is to bring awareness to agricultural endeavors in the area as well as advocate and take action on issues concerning responsible eco-management of open spaces in town, community garden planning, environmental education and other activities that promote stewardship of the land.
Right now, the committee is looking for more vendors to participate in the fun. The Lanark farmers’ market will begin Tuesday, June 10, and run through Oct. 28, in Lanark’s City Park. Vendors can enjoy a space under the Pavilion for $4 per week or outside the Pavilion for $3 per week. Seasonal packages are also available that greatly discount this fee.
Sheila Wyeth, another Cornucopia Committee of Lanark member, said: “The park is a nice place for kids to play, parents to enjoy the programs each market has to offer, as well as an easy, relaxed space for sellers. We are the only market operating on Tuesday nights, and it has been great to offer this as another selling opportunity to vendors who already have their weekends spoken for.”
As the weather continues to warm, the fields begin to green, and the days get longer and longer. How refreshing it is to stop in, grab some fresh veggies for the grill, listen to some folk music, and mosey on home to sit on the deck with family. What a treat for those traveling through Lanark on the way from work or for those simply minding the kids running around the yard just down the block.
For more about programs being offered at the Lanark farmers’ market or how to become a vendor, call Lee Reese at (815) 275-4395 or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/lanarkplantexchange.
Posted June 4, 2014