Much like spring flowers blooming, farmers markets are reappearing in the southern suburbs.
One of the first of the season started last month in Frankfurt. The Frankfort Country Market operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday until the end of October, with no markets on July 10 and September 4.
The market is located in the historic city center of Frankfurt and offers locally grown produce, plants, baked goods, ready meals and gourmet products.
Also open is the Evergreen Park Farmer’s Market, which kicked off Thursday at Yukich Field on 89th Street and Kedzie Avenue. The market is open every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will run until the fall.
The annual Palos Heights Farmer’s Market returned this week to the municipal parking lot at 12217 S. Harlem Ave. The market takes place every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue until the first week of October.
Coming soon will be the Tinley Park Farmer’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday mornings from June through October in Zabrocki Plaza, next to the Metra station on Oak Park Avenue. The market offers fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The Orland Park Market at the park will start on Thursdays starting June 2 and will run until August 18, with no market on June 30 or August 4. The market is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crescent Park, 143rd Street and Ravinia Avenue.
The market will feature a variety of foods, including ready meals and specialties, gardening, crafts and crafts, and free entertainment.
New this year will be a Farmer’s Market in Hickory Hills sponsored by the city and the Hills Chamber of Commerce.
The market will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays June 3 through October 14 at 8652 W. 95th St. in the Hickory Hills City Hall parking lot.
Oak Lawn has decided not to sponsor its annual Farmer’s Market this year, but Ridgeland Church has launched its own called The Market on Ridgeland at 6343 W. 90th Place.
The market is the brainchild of Pastor Jared Richey and will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the church parking lot.
Tony’s Fresh Market, a family-owned grocery retailer with locations in Bridgeview, Burbank and Countryside, has been acquired by New York-based Apollo Funds.
Apollo announced the takeover in April.
Tony’s was established in 1979 by Italian immigrants Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino.
The original Chicago location on Fullerton Avenue and Central Park, which still exists, was opened with just five employees: a production worker, two meat workers, a cashier and Tony running around the store like a man on a mission. . During that first decade in business, Tony and Domenico typically worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, just to try to make a few bucks at the end of the year.
Today, Tony’s operates 18 stores and another will soon move into a former Kmart in Joliet. The chain has a history of taking vacant stores and repurposing them. He did just that with a former Food 4 Less at 7770 S. Cicero Ave. in Burbank when it opened two years ago.
Tony’s offers a wide selection of fresh produce, a wide multicultural offer and a wide range of ready meals. The stores have meat departments, delicatessens and bakeries.
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The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau has released its 2022 Chicago Southland Visitors Guide.
“Our marketing team and community partners have done another magnificent job bringing together these incredibly valuable tools,” said Jim Garrett, the organization’s president and CEO.
The guide contains information on things to see and do, arts and culture, accommodation, restaurants, shopping, transportation and other amenities for visitors to the 62 southern and southwestern suburbs of Chicago. Other items of interest include free activities for families, “Hit The Road” and “Hangout Spots” tailored to meet the specific needs of the group, “Supernatural Sites” highlighting the area’s spookiest locations, “Pawesome” adventures where four-legged friends are welcome and all the places in Chicago’s Southland to play golf with your discs or clubs.
With 476 event listings, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in the Chicago Southland Spring/Summer Festivals & Events Guide. Celebrate Flossmoor Postcode Day in the 60422 on 6-04-22 or dance on the lawn on Wednesday nights at Fox Pointe in Lansing. Orland Hills Party in the Park (June 24-26) has something for everyone, as does the Frankfort Fall Fest in historic downtown Frankfort (September 3-5). Will County Fairgrounds will present the first-ever Peotone Balloon Festival on July 23-24. Plus, find the best places to celebrate the 4th of July and where nine Chicago Southland Farmers’ Markets are located.
The new CSCVB website features more visible user-generated content, more photos and less copy, as well as the ability to plan a trip directly from the homepage on https://www.VisitChicagoSouthland.com.
Copies of both guides can be picked up at the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis Visitor Information Center in South Holland or can be requested from VisitChicagoSouthland.com/InfoRequest or 708-895-8200 or [email protected]
Bob Bong is a freelance columnist. He can be contacted at [email protected]