Farmers Market returns Saturday


It’s time for the next farmers market in Coal City and this weekend’s selection of items will include a variety of homegrown produce, fresh eggs, local honey, florals, clothing and handcrafted items.
Market Fresh on Broadway, the village’s local farmers market, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday in Campbell Memorial Park.
A variety of vendors have participated over the past five summers, and the list of participants in 2021 continues to grow with each market day.
Vendors currently scheduled to participate in this week’s market include:
• Wild Stems—A new vendor to this season’s farmers market, Wild Stems offers floral arrangements, potted plants and botique women’s apparel.
• Provisions Farm— Provisions Farm, located west of Coal City, will offer pasture-raised eggs, whole meat chickens and free roaming lamb [frozen], along with seasonal produce, honey and fresh flowers.
• Wills Sweet Corn—A local favorite grown by Mark Wills and Trevor McIntire. The sweet corn booth is always busy during the markets. Grown on the family’s Coal City farm, the corn will be available at the markets as long as supplies allow. The Wills booth will also offer locally grown fruits this season.
• Perkins Farms—Dan Perkins knows how to grow vegetables and his Custer Park farm is filled with favorites from bright red tomatoes and big green peppers to a variety of squashes, egg plant, cucumbers and melons. The list of produce grown at the farm is endless and those fresh picked items make their way to the Saturday morning markets, and its not surprising to find jams, jellies and even honey on the table.
• Nettle Creek Lavender Farm—Maggie Smith is once again sharing her lavender harvest during the market this includes both fresh and dried lavender, sprays and lotions. Located in Morris, the farm also has an abundance of colorful flowers that will also be available for purchase.
• Albo Acres—The Newark based vendor has been a part of Market Fresh on Broadway for several seasons. They offer alpaca fiber, yarn and a variety of items made from alpaca including hats, scarves, mittens, dryer balls, shoe inserts, purses and animal figures including, but not limited to, the alpaca and teddy bears.
• Welcome Home Craft Co.—The Morris-based business is bringing its handmade gnome crafts to the market. The decor is created from yarn and will be available to take home for placement in a tier tray, on a shelf or just about anywhere a gnome can go.
• Jo S. Bows and Sews—As the name implies there are bows and they come in styles for humans and canines. The Bourbonnais business also offers scrunchies and stylish headbands and those for babies and fitness. Additionally, Bows and Sews sells a variety of wreaths, centerpieces, blankets and pillows.
After Saturday, just two markets remain for the season— Sept. 11 and 25.