The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market returns on May 6 to start its 42nd season

42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything (according to Douglas Adams). It was Jackie Robinson’s number. 42 is a number with significance.

That’s more true than ever as the Downtown Evanston Farmers Market begins its 42nd consecutive season on Saturday, May 6.

All of the nearly 60 farms, ranches and artisanal producers likely won’t be at the first few markets, but the property at University and Maple will fill up rapidly with purveyors of fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, eggs and bakery items.

Nearly all of last year’s vendors are returning, and there are seven new farms and artisanal vendors to serve up exquisite wares:

  • Broad Shoulders BBQ
  • Windy City Greens
  • Tastebudz
  • Sherwood North Nursery
  • Roedger Bros. Blueberries
  • Wisconsin Fermentation
  • Master Gardeners/U of I Extension!

Indoor market shoppers will recognize some of these names from this last season, and we all welcome their participation in the big market.


The Downtown Market accepts Illinois Link cards, so low-income shoppers can utilize SNAP benefits when they shop the market. Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets have matched SNAP dollars since 2011. You can find details about this year’s matching program by clicking here.

Get information on location hours and parking by clicking here. See a full list of this year’s vendors by clicking here.

Keep visiting this site for information, recipes, links and reporting about issues that impact both the farmers who make our market so exceptional and the customers that depend on the market for fresh, local, healthy products every week.