ELMHURST – As the Elmhurst Farmers Market kicked off its 2013 season this week, eight new farmers made their debut.
Adam Krzemkowski, owner of Southtown Hotdogs and manager of the market, said this year the event is returning to its roots.
"We're bringing it back to a traditional farmers market," he said.
Organized by the York and Vallette Business Association, the market opens at 7 a.m. every Wednesday from June through October. Vendors set up on Vallette Street east of York Street until 1 p.m.
The market hosts 32 vendors, about a handful more than last year. While Elmhurst has had a farmers market for more than 35 years, Krzemkowski is particularly excited for this season.
"We have specialized farmers," said Krzemkowski, explaining that some of them grow just one type of produce.
In its third year of business, Katic Breads joins the Elmhurst farmers market for the first time this year.
"We wanted to introduce bread culture to this market," said Rada Katic. The Midwest doesn't have the same choice in fresh, healthy bread as the East or West coasts, she added.
Doug Engelsman, a Villa Park resident and Elmhurst native, strolled through the farmers market Wednesday morning with asparagus and doughnut in hand. He said he thought there was "a nice variety" of vendors this year.
Other new vendors include The Olive Tap, Simply Salsa, Royal Oak Farm Orchard, A Taste of Michigan Cherries, Providence Farms, Jay's Market - River Valley Kitchen & Mushrooms and Apple Holler.
Some vendors, however, are familiar faces in the weekly market.
"We've got a lot of local customers in the area," said Esther Neal, who has worked at Roedger Bros. Blueberries for five years and bringing the product to the market for three.
That familiarity brings people back week after week, year after year.
"We're regulars," said Kaitlin Riddle, who has brought Joel Cruz, the boy she nannies, every week to the market for the last three summers.
"I wish it would come more often," Joel said of the market while noshing on a honey stick.
Riddle admits the tasty treats are really what call their names.
"We come for the chocolate croissants," she said. "We have to get here early or else they're out."