Remember the polar vortex?
It was only a short time ago that the thought of going outdoors and leisurely strolling the streets picking out fresh fruits and vegetables could only be thought of as a fantasy – or a winter fever dream.
Luckily, farmers market season is finally upon us with the opening of the Riverside Farmer's Market on Wednesday and the Brookfield Farmers Market on Saturday. Each brings a little something special to the experience of getting your produce for the week, and there's no reason you can't visit both.
Riverside Farmer's Market:
Where: Held in the parking lot between Riverside Township Hall and the Riverside Public Library along Riverside Road.
When: Wednesdays from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 15.
What: The market features nearly 30 vendors this season selling fruit and veggies, eggs, naturally raised pork, beef and chicken, fish, flowers and plants. Heirloom vegetable garden plants will be available at the June 4 and June 11 markets. Also available are baked goods, fruit smoothies, honey and maple syrup, wood-fired pizzas, which are made to order, dog treats, soaps, sweets and a knife sharpener (so you can cut your purchases safely and effectively).
There's more: Live music and library events will coincide with the weekly farmer's market.
More information: Follow the market on Facebook at Riverside.Farmers.Mrkt
Brookfield Farmers Market:
Where: Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
When: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 18
What: Listed by Local Harvest as one of the top 100 farmers market in the nation, according to the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. The Brookfield Farmers Market features over 20 vendors selling fruits and veggies, baked goods and even freshly roasted coffee.
There's more: After you grab your produce, take a break and enjoy a picnic along Salt Creek, catch some live music and learn something new at one of the market's How To demonstrations.
More information: Learn more of the chamber's website at www.brookfieldchamber.net