BARRINGTON – The Barrington Farmers Market is scheduled to open June 19 for its 14th season.
From 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, June 19 through Oct. 16, the Barrington Farmers Market offers fresh, local produce, food, drinks, crafts, homemade items, family activities and entertainment.
The market is located at the intersection of Cook and Main streets in the parking lot directly across the street from McGonigal’s. Street parking is available, as is a parking lot within walking distance at the corner of Grove and Station streets.
Market Manager Judy Bruce said of the 22 vendors at the market, seven offer all produce and, with the exception of Wayne Miller Fruits, all are from Illinois. She added it is a producer-only market.
“Everything you see there, the person selling it can tell you, from start to finish, how it got there,” Bruce said.
According to the farmers market website, the Barrington Farmers Market was started in 2000 by the Barrington Village Association, a homeowner’s group made up of residents living in the downtown village area. With the motto of “Bringing Neighbors Together,” the Barrington Village Association has run the market with the objective of building community, adding to the character of the historic village and increasing foot traffic in the downtown area.
Bruce said Thursday nights are really a happening night in the Barrington area. Between the Farmers Market and Cruise Nights, which begin at 6:30 p.m., people often come downtown for the Farmers Market, get dinner and linger, staying through Cruise Night. This year, the Farmers Market will have entertainment every night.
“It’s really the sense of community,” Bruce said of what makes the Barrington Market special. “We have a lot of regular vendors and we try to offer a complement of products.”
One of those vendors is Peter Grubbe of Middlebury Farms in Harvard. He sells certified organic produce. This will be his third season at the market. He offers everything from seasonal greens to heirloom tomatoes, green beans, edamame, heirloom peppers, red carrots and more.
“Downtown Barrington is growing and I like the location of it … everyone is going there,” Grubbe said. “I like how it’s in the afternoon. People can get their shopping done after work.”
Grubbe commends the great list and selection the various vendors offer.
“We’re very happy to be at the Barrington Market,” Grubbe said. “It’s a great market. It’s a privilege to sell there.”
Every week, the Farmers Market will offer a free children’s activity, though Bruce said any tips or donations collected will be used to purchase Farmers Market gift certificates for donation to the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries.
“Anything we receive, our goal is to give it back to the community,” Bruce said.
Bruce added Farmers Market gift certificates are available for purchase every week from anyone working the Farmers Market. They are available in $5 increments.
In addition to the vendors on site weekly, the Barrington Farmers Market will also host a non-profit booth every week.
The goal, Bruce said, is to serve as a community gathering place. Even dogs are welcome.
“It’s a win-win,” Bruce said. “It benefits local farmers and it benefits the local community.”