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Hinsdale Farmers Market shines despite rain

HINSDALE – Shoppers took shelter from the rain under one of the many tents at the Hinsdale Farmers Market on Monday at Burlington Park as a storm rolled in just in time for the morning commute.

Lately it seems like it's always raining, and while it has put a damper on some summer outings, farmers are rejoicing as this season so far is the exact opposite of the severe drought experienced last year in the midwest.

“Right now a lot of things are just starting to come in for us to be able to pick them,” said Steve Freeman, market manager at Nichols Farm and Orchard.

The rain stayed steady throughout the morning, but besides the smell of water hitting the pavement, there was an aroma of freshness in the air that was unique in comparison to the produce in the aisles of a grocery store.

Fresh produce lined Chicago Avenue, including turnips, cauliflower, onions, carrots, broccoli, garlic and an array of fresh fruit.

Nichols Farm and Orchard based in Marengo has been coming to the Hinsdale Farmers Market since 1980. Freeman said there aren't many Monday markets to choose from in the area, and it's this area that attracts the farm to keep coming back.

"It's a nice community of people who care about produce and supporting local farms," he said.

The community is the reason Evergreen Farm out of Yorkville keeps coming back as the owners have participated since the market came to Hinsdale 37 years ago.

“We're the only original ones on the whole street," said co-owner Steve Theis. "Everybody else has come and gone.”

Steve said the farm has a loyal following and the turnout is usually always good on Mondays.

"I've seen a lot of kids grow up here," said co-owner Kathy Theis.

Once in a while the rain would tease owners and customers into thinking it was over only to rain harder. But that didn't stop several people from getting out their umbrellas once again to enjoy to fresh produce.

"When the weather is good things are good," said Jeff Morlock, owner of J.W. Morlock and Girls, which was serving raspberries, blueberries and cherries.

Rain or shine Morlock has been coming to the Farmers Market for 15 years and has no plans not to return.

“We know a lot of people here and it's a good place to be," Morlock said.

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