Great Press for Market Entertainer

Terry Moran, the venerable Lake Bluff musician and Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market entertainer will take the stage this Friday, June 21 on the Village Green. The folks at Forest & Bluff Magazine had the scoop on Moran more than a year ago. Check out their story first published in 2012 on Terry below, and check him out at the Market tomorrow!

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And We’re Off….

What a great day in the Village to celebrate the first Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market of 2013! We could not be more excited to get off and running! Check out some pictures below and feel free to share any of your great photos or market finds here or on our Facebook page

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See you next week!

See You Tomorrow!

IMG_7218Our 20th year of the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market taking over the Village – we can’t believe it starts in just a few short hours!

We’re excited to see all of vendors and regular attendees tomorrow starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Lake Bluff Village Green. C’mon out and celebrate summer with some fresh food and unique goodies!

See you tomorrow!

One Week to Go!

That’s right! The first Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market of 2013 is just one week away! We’re thrilled to see all of our regulars, our vendor partners and future visitors next Friday starting at 7:00 a.m.

Also, through a partnership with the team at GazeboNews.com, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is able to further promote our 20th anniversary and weekly markets in downtown Lake Bluff. Check out our first ad below, before it hits the airwaves officially!

June_adWe’re looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at the Lake Bluff Brewery’s Block Party – say hi if you see our team! Have a great weekend, Lake Bluff!

Master Gardener to Join Market

The Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is thrilled to announce that yet another addition will join the market for its 20th anniversary! Daun Roth, a member of the Lake Bluff Garden Club and a University of Illinois Master Gardener, will be on-hand at the third Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market of each month (June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 20) to provide insight into plants, gardening and more.

Roth will be able to provide insight to Lake Bluff residents and other market visitors about specific plant specimens, disease prevention, gardening dos and don’ts and much more. Amateur gardeners and aficionados alike will find inspiration from Roth’s commitment to the study of plants and gardening while they paruse the various flowers, vegetables and other produce on hand at the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market!

More on the Master Gardeners Program is Available Here

Many thanks to the Lake Bluff Garden Club and Ms. Roth for joining us this summer. We’re sure to learn something as well!

Local Musicians Help Create Festive Market Season

To help create a festive and spirited community event each Friday this summer, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market team is happy to announce that local musicians have been secured for each and every market in 2013. The Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market first presented a regular series of musicians in 2012 and hopes to draw more visitors to the Village Green for produce, baked goods, flowers and more with these performances serving as an engaging plus.

The following local musicians will be on-hand to entertain the crowd at Lake Bluff Farmers’ Markets this summer:

Tommy Stockert & Kyle Strobel
Tommy Stockert and Kyle Strobel are local residents and high school seniors, the former a student of Lake Forest High School and the latter attending Loyola Academy. Stockert and Strobel are members of the band Cause=Time and their band produces original songs and sprinkles in covers from their many musical influences. A video of a recent show at Wisma is available on GazeboNews.

Performance Dates: June 14, July 12, August 9

Terry Moran
Terry Moran is a Lake Bluff-based singer, songwriter and guitarist who regularly played at the Lake Bluff Brewery and other businesses across the Village. Terry has played with other local musicians as well and is a fixture in the local music scene.

Performance Dates: June 21, July 26, August 2, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 13, September 27, October 11

Ken Hall
Ken Hall’s musical roots run deep in the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area. Ken started playing the piano and writing his own music at a young age. He loved to compose melodies and fool his Grandpa into thinking a famous composer had written them. Ken has played with many groups including the John Moulder Ken Hall Duo, The Last Dance Band, Jazz Conceptions, The Lil’ Cow Band, Damascus Road, and The Message Ensemble. Ken has also been an active church musician for over 25 years.

Performance Dates: June 28, July 19, September 6, September 20, October 4

The Secret’s Out…

With Lake Bluff being situated at the crossroads of two major North Shore bicycle routes and along historic Sheridan Road and on the shores of Lake Michigan, it comes as no surprise to most Village residents that bicyclists from across the region travel in and out of our small community. With that in mind, coupled with the popularity of our local brewery, it came as no surprise to us when the Chicago Reader published their “Summer Guide: Two Cycling Day Trips to Three Breweries” piece on May 16.

Full Story: Summer Guide: Two Cycling Day Trips to Three Breweries

As we read the piece we thought: “A day trip by bike for a farmers’ market isn’t a bad idea either.” We urge you to take advantage of a summer Friday and visit the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market. Hit the trails to Lake Bluff on a pleasant Friday this summer and visit more than 20 vendors from Lake County and beyond!

Your visit can start with a recharge of the batteries through brunch of coffee and crepes from Handcrafted Crepes as you search for just the right items for an afternoon in the suburbs. Grab some olives, various and unique cheeses, some sweets and baked goods and jump back on your bike and head to Lake Michigan for lovely picnic. Your vendor friends at the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market can help come up with recipe ideas or pairings. Be sure to grab some goodies for dinner while you’re there!

After a picnic at the beach head back to downtown Lake Bluff and hit the brewery as they open at 4:00 p.m. Grab a pint or two and head back by bike, or better yet, fill up a growler to wash down a homemade, farm fresh meal for dinner that night. As the Reader points out, the Metra might be the safe bet if that’s up your alley!

Note: The team at the Chicago Reader, especially Julia Thiel, knocked their story out of the park and we’re happy to build on their day trip idea. While we’re at it, we’ll probably  follow their other day trip recommendation to “research” Calumet Fisheries, Three Floyds and Flossmoor Station sooner than later.

Our 2013 Vendor Roster is Live

It is with great fanfare that we thrilled to announce that the roster for the 2013 Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is now live! The vendors visiting the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market each week range from 20-year veterans of our market to first timers in 2013. With flowers, knife sharpening, jams, olives, oils, fresh caught fish, mushrooms, baked goods and seemingly every kind of produce you can imagine, our vendors have the products you need to finish your shopping list each and every Friday.

Join us Friday mornings starting in June in downtown Lake Bluff and be sure to check out all of our great vendors! Links to their websites and Facebook pages are also provided on our vendor page to help you connect with the great folks connecting you to great products!

Lake Bluff Market Lands on a Windshield Near You

LB Vehicle StickerWhile the weather in Lake Bluff may not feel like it, the end of April is rapidly approaching and with that, the expiration of your Village vehicle sticker as arrived. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, officials fromthe Village of Lake Bluff have graciously offered to include the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market on vehicle stickers for the coming year.

This is truly an amazing honor that will keep our farmers’ market in the view of so many throughout the year.

In addition to this post serving as a very appreciative “thank you” to the Village for including us on the sticker, it’s a friendly reminder to our friends and neighbors that the time has come to secure a new sticker for your car. Help promote our 20th anniversary and celebrate Lake Bluff and its great Farmers’ Market while you keep your car street legal in the Village of Lake Bluff. Talk about a win-win for all of us!

Thank you again to everyone at the Village of Lake Bluff’s office for recognizing our 20th anniversary in the community. We’re excited to kick-off another great summer!

Happy Opening Day!

There are a lot of dates people use to mark the first day of Spring. For most of us, and technically speaking, the first day of Spring is on March 20. For kids in schools across the country the first day of Spring may be ushered in when the bell rings before Spring Break. All of these dates have a special meaning for someone.

IMG_1324For sports fans across Chicagoland and baseball fans nationwide, the real first day of Spring is Opening Day of baseball season.

Whether it’s the Cubs or the White Sox that hold your allegiance – the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market will politely remain non-partisan as our farmer partners come from across Chicago, and Brewers’ territory in Wisconsin – the first game of a new baseball season represents a clean slate and eternal hope that this year is the year.

Not only does the start of baseball season mark the start of America’s Pastime – it ushers in the first thoughts of summer for so many of us. The Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market team spent the day thinking about getting a couple of wins on both sides of town, and getting ready for another great market season in Lake Bluff! While Opening Day in 2013 saw Mother Nature grace us with similar weather to years past, the excitement of baseball fans of all ages and the sight of fresh cut grass just shouts “Summer is near!”

The best news of the day, aside from the fact that warmer temps are around the corner for Lake Bluff, is that fans on both sides of town started the 2013 baseball season with a smile.

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