DOWNERS GROVE – Farmers markets are known for fresh produce, homemade pastries and hand crafted goods, but it's the avand-garde items that capture the hearts of the consumer.
Here are the top-5 most unique items found at Saturday's Downtown Downers Grove Market.
1.) Cherry ketchup by A Taste of Michigan Cherries
While it is widely held that the formula for ketchup should remain untouched, an exception can be made for cherry ketchup, which has the consistency of barbecue sauce, a sweet yet tart flavor, and has the fruit enzymes to tenderize meats if included in a marinade.
2.) Olivia Tree All Natural Insect Repellent
Not only does it repel mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, spiders and fleas, it smells like fresh lemon grass and contains lavender, witch hazel and glycerine to moisturize and condition skin.
3.) Apricot triple creme brie by The Cheese People
A Cheese People fan favorite, the apricot triple creme brie sits like a three-layered cake split with toasted almond and apricot filling. It's the perfect spread for a toasted baguette.
4.) Intergeneric oncidium orchids from Lanais Orchids
A hybrid orchid breed that produces eye-popping results – polka dotted and patterned petals, electric hues and exotic shapes. Potted Intergeneric oncidium orchids start at $15 while the hanging variety can cost up to $45.
5.) Olives 4 You Moroccan black olives
Black olives derive their color from the brining process, and the Moroccan black olive is one of the darkest, most flavorful olives available. Soaked in salt and oil, the Moroccan black olive has a slightly wrinkly texture and an intense flavor.