• Harvest Celebration Roster of Chefs Filling Out

    The Third Annual Harvest Celebration occurs on September 26, a little more than a month away. There are a lot of reasons to attend, but foremost is the impressive collection of chefs who are eager to collaborate with producers from our Evanston Farmers Markets to create the wonderful tastings that are the cornerstone of the event.

    “It was great being able to meet the chefs, and to see them prepare the food – everything was delicious. If we’re in town, we’ll be there every year!” JS

    That’s a pretty common sentiment among previous attendees. Expect the same excitement this year, with this year’s roster of extraordinary chefs.

    • Nicole Pedersen, Found
    • Eric Mansavage, Farmhouse Restaurant
    • D’Andre Carter, Feast & Imbibe
    • Bruce Sherman, North Pond Restaurant
    • Brian Huston, The Publican
    • Vince DiBattista, Campagnola & Hummingbird
    • Victor Hernandez, Stained Glass
    • Jose Romero, Chef’s Station
    • Sandy Chen, Koi Restaurant
    • Michael Gottlieb, Bistro Bordeaux
    • Andy Motto, Quince
    • Ellen King, Hewn Bakery

    The list may grow, so you might want to sign up for our newsletter here.

    If you want more information, or you are ready to get your tickets, go here.

    If you are one of those folks who think the main reason to attend the Harvest Celebration is the remarkable product supplied by our producers, well, that list will be in our next article. Check back soon!

  • The 3rd Annual Harvest Celebration!

    You can celebrate the bounty brought to our farmers markets and support the Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets by attending the Third Annual Evanston Harvest Celebration.

    A medley of local chefs will be paired with market vendors to provide a fresh, seasonal feast.
    Tickets: Early Bird price, $70 thru Sept. 2; starting Sept. 3, tickets $80 each.
    Ticket price includes full tasting menu and 1 glass of wine, more wine available for purchase.

    Tickets will be on sale (cash or check) in the Friends Tent at the market every Saturday, from now through Sepember. from 9 to 11 am, during our cooking demos.

    Proceeds from the Harvest Celebration will allow us to continue with these programs:

    • Matching funds for LINK card customers at the downtown market, a program supported by Evanston NorthShore HealthSystem and other generous donors
    • Saturday cooking demos and tastings at the market
    • Educational & fun activities for children, with prizes provided by market vendors
    • Our interactive web site, with recipes, nutritional information, and information about seasonal foods.
    • Email newsletter updates of upcoming events when you sign up for our email list

    So join the Friends at the third celebration of our market bounty with Now We’re Cookin’ – the dress is casual, the company convivial, the food unbelievably wonderful.

    We’re still matching up chefs and vendors, but as soon as we’ve got the list, we’ll share it right here on this website, along with more information about the event, and pictures from previous Harvest Celebrations.

    Tickets are limited, and the event sold out last year, so don’t wait, order your tickets today!

    In addition to our booth at the market, tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. Just click right here. Early bird prices are available until September 2.



  • Expired LINK Tokens: What To do

    If you use your LINK card at the Downtown Farmers Market to obtain tokens (accepted as cash by most vendors,) this is an important note about using last year’s tokens at this year’s market.

    Short answer: You can’t use them, but you can redeem them for current tokens. Market Manager Myra Gorman explains.

    “We cycle through different token colors each year for a variety of administrative reasons. This year’s tokens are white and purple. They are the only tokens valid for use at the market.

    “If you kept any of the blue and green tokens from 2012, you need to bring them to the City of Evanston booth at the southwest corner of the market. We’ll happily exchange them for current tokens, dollar for dollar. However, vendors will NOT accept the old tokens.

    If you’ve got questions about LINK usage, you can reach Myra Gorman at 847-448-8045, or by email at mgorman@cityofevanston.org.

    Don’t forget that you’ll receive 50% matching funds when you use your LINK card at the market, thanks to Friends and a grant from the Northshore University Healthsystem.

  • Lisa Waldschmitt Cooks with Kids

    Local chef, Lisa Waldschmitt, was recently our special guest at the Friends’ tent. Lisa is a personal chef, caterer, and blogger at www.havewhiskwilltravel.com and brought her extensive knowledge of fresh food and her friendly personality to the market.

    Market goers of all ages were able to participate in her cooking event by choosing which vegetables and herbs to put in their veggie pancake. Even the youngest of marketeers were picking beets and zucchini for their pancakes!

    The D65 teachers were back as well with more Market Bingo and yummy edible prizes!

    Lisa will be back at the market on July 27 from 9-11am.

  • Bee-Wise at the Market

    On June 8 the Friends tent was up in full force, providing much needed shade from the warm sun and creating a buzzing atmosphere. Naturalist, Marna Coleman from the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park was our special guest, presenting exciting information about the life cycle of honeybees, the role they play in the environment, and the craft of a beekeeper. The live bees that accompanied Marna were a great attraction interesting many young marketers who were full of questions and seemed to swarm the tent with enthusiasm.

    Assisting Marna were D65 teachers, Lisa, Jenny, Dec President Jean and Paula.  They also guided the youngest market shoppers in a market bingo game.  The Bee-wise Heller Nature Center Bees will be back at the market on August 17 from 9-11am. In the meantime, Click here check out the fun family activities the Heller Nature center has to offer at the Highland Park Parks and Recreation website: Especially the Summer Bees event on July 26!

    D65 teachers will return to the market with Chef Lisa Waldschmidt (her website is here.) on June 29 with Market Bingo and art fun.