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Lemont Farmers Market back in season

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:54 p.m. CST
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Olga Lorenz of Lemont talks with Joe Hiemenz about the perennials he's selling on the first day of the weekly Lemont Farmers Market on Tuesday. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com
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Florida tomatoes shine in the sun as the weekly Lemont Farmers Market returned to Talcott Square for opening day on Tuesday. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com
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Diana Roth of Lemont decides on which salsa to buy from Bill Johnson. The weekly Lemont Farmers Market returned to Talcott Square for opening day on Tuesday. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

LEMONT – Talcott Square in downtown Lemont will be home to Lemont's Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through the end of October.

This year's market features four independent growers: Zandstra's Produce, Hiemenz Nursery, Paw Paw River Farm and Windy Hills Farm Gourmet Beef.

Village of Lemont Marketing Coordinator Donna Pecina said the fresh fruit from Paw Paw River Farm, one of the market's biggest attractions, is expected after the Fourth of July.

New vendors for this year are: Lovin' Tails (a fresh dog treat vendor); Spice Merchants of Downers Grove; Theresa's Selections (pasta sauces, jams and condiments); The Olive Gallery; and Usborne Books.

"I think people like the variety," Pecina said. "As a smaller market, we can't add more vegetable vendors and fruit vendors because it wouldn't be worth it to them."

She said she is working on bringing in another vendor with more jams and jellies.

Other vendors returning for the full season include: Dark Star Sharpening, EnJoi! Bake Shop and Catering, Etalaya's Exotic Mandel Broit, Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza and Petal Play Design.

Master gardeners will also be available on the first and third Tuesday each month, and Tupperware will be for sale from June to September. I Grow Lemont will sell their harvest as it becomes available.

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