Orland Park Farmers' Market Offers Small Town Charm

Orland Park Farmers' Market Offers Small Town Charm
Posted on 06/18/2009

An Orland Park summer favorite, the village's Farmers' Market is a Friday morning destination. This year brings the village's eighth season of fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers and potted plants, bakery items, fudge, jams, jellies, gourmet foods, spices, jewelry, garden stones, kitchenware and more.

Held outdoors at the Orland Park Village Center, the market opened for the season on Friday, May 29 and will be open every Friday, except for July 3 and 31, through early October.

The Orland Park Village Center is located at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road/US Route 45.

"Orland Park enjoys a rich history with a strong sense of community," said Orland Park Village Trustee Kathleen Fenton, who first proposed the market.

"We created the Farmers' Market to bring back the small town charm from Orland Park's past," she explained.

During the summer months, June through August, Farmer Frank's Barbecue Lunches are available for purchase. Named for the village's Parks & Buildings Director Frank Stec, the lunch time fare includes hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwursts and grilled chicken sandwiches.

"We started the barbecue lunches both because the market is open during lunch time and because of the increasing number of area workers who were shopping on their lunch hours," Stec explained. The nominally priced packaged lunch includes a choice of entrée, pop or water, chips and a cookie.

Colorful Offerings
"This year we have 37 vendors and the Orland Park Library will return with its Story Time," said Orland Park Media and Special Events Manager Patty Vlazny.

"Orland Park's Farmers' Market is unique because we offer a full array of produce, specialty items, the village's moon jump and balloons for the kids and we also offer lunch," said Civic Center General Manager Gail Blummer, who coordinates the market with Vlazny.

"The Farmers' Market is truly a seasonal event," Fenton said. "We begin in the summer with the early June produce and flowers, run through the summer with a multitude of offerings and wrap up in October with pumpkins and gourds," she said.

Further information about the Village of Orland Park Farmers' Market is available by calling 708/403-6140.