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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Orland Park Debuts Early Evening "Market at the Park" May 25th

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The Village of Orland Park’s Farmers’ Market has a new day, time and place. Market at the Park will be held Thursday evenings at Crescent Park adjacent to the 143rd Street Train Station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning May 25.

“Everyone is excited about the village’s new market -- the food, music and a nice variety of vendors,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. “The change to early evening will be good for those who work during the day.”

Orland Park’s Market at the Park will open for the season on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Village officials will cut a ceremonial ribbon at 6:15 p.m. followed by music provided by The Walk-Ins at 6:30 p.m. The Friday morning market at the Village Center has been discontinued.

“The village held its first Farmers’ Market in 2001 and we’ve had a great run for the past 17 seasons,” said Trustee Kathy Fenton, who first proposed the market. “We like to offer events that bring us together as a community and we are looking forward to the new, expanded market at the train station on Thursday evenings.”

Orland Park’s new market will feature weekly entertainment with the Southwest Community Concert Band performing June 22. Big Dog Mercer will present blues on June 29,

country band Adam Michaels Trio performs on July 6, The Millennials bring their rock and roll on July 13. Libido Funk will take the stage August 31.

“The enhanced market makes it more accessible to more residents with it being held in the afternoon and early evening,” said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. “We also have more room at Crescent Park and are able to expand the offerings."

May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day proclaimed in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. This day reminds parents, guardians, caregivers and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. The day serves as a reminder to continue the country’s efforts to reunite missing children with their families.

“The Orland Park Police Department is part of the ICAC – the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” explained Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “We invite parents to visit the Police Department’s booth at Market at the Park to learn how to keep their kids safe online and everywhere else.”

Members of the Orland Park Police Department will host a booth at the market to share information about missing children and child safety. Parents will be able to take home free passport type booklets in which they can add their children’s photos, DNA samples and fingerprints, having access to all three should a child go missing.

Orland Park’s new market focuses on food, gardening, artisanal, and hand-made products.

Participating vendors include All That's Home, Ben's Soft Pretzels, Cheesecake by James, Christina's Homemade Goodies, Diane Nolan’s Flowers and Plants, Dipped Chocolate Covered Items, Espresso Will Travel Inc, Etalaya's Exotic Mandel Broit & Etheral Boutique, Farenheit 905 Inc, Fojazia Organics, Glady's Garden, Hannah Bee Honey, Health by Juli, Island Soapies, Isn't That Sweet Inc and Jason Scott Specialty Foods.

Participants also include K & K Designs, Lainey's Bakery & Pawtique Inc, Linda West Fried Pizza Dough, Meredith Bryant Yard Art, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Olivaceto LLC, One Happy Tail Dog Bakery, Organic Bread of Heaven, Orland Park Bakery, Orland Park Special Recreation, Rich's Sharpening Service, Salad Bowl Creations, Simply Salsa, Sitka Salmon Shares, Six Generation Farmin' Local Inc, Stamper Cheese Company, The Original Mr. Beef, Theresa's Selections, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, Waterfall Glen Soap Company, Whole Lotta Popcorn, Idle Hour Maple, McCarthy Farms, Orland Park Health & Fitness, PEEP, Inc, University of Chicago Medicine and Windy Hill Farm Gourmet Beef.

Vendors, products and entertainment are subject to change. Free parking will be available at the 143rd Street Train Station and at the adjacent 143rd Street parking structure. Questions may be directed to the village’s Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.

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