Homewood Farmers Market opens May 25

Slather on some sunscreen and grab your reusable bags, because the Homewood Farmers Market summer season kicks off on Saturday, May 25.

Nancy Spiegel of Homewood Kitchen Gardens talks with customers during an August 2018 session of the market. (Chronicle file photo)
  Nancy Spiegel of Homewood
  Kitchen Gardens talks with
  customers during an August
  2018 session of the market.
 
 (Chronicle file photo)
 

The outdoor market returns with its popular features, including live music, monthly artisan and vintage goods, a series of Wednesday evening dates and, of course, fresh produce.

The weekly outdoor market on Martin Square, 18020 Martin Ave., celebrates the bounty of local farmers all summer long. 

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until Oct. 12 and from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from June 12 through Aug. 14.

Live music is a staple of the Homewood Farmers Market. Here, Melody Mart students prepare to perform on Aug. 11, 2018.
  Live music is a staple of the
  farmers market, like when
  Melody Mart students prepare
  to perform on Aug. 11, 2018.


“It will be great to be outside again,” said farmers market organizer Kate Duff. “This market grows every year in popularity and vendor participation. I’m anticipating this year to be the best yet.”

Opening day festivities on May 25 include a 9 to 11 a.m. performance by the James Hart Junior High band under the direction of Matt Johnson. Guitarist Dominic Ruffalo, a regular performer at the market, will play from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

For the kids, Mary Macaroni will present her balloon magic from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

A family relaxes in the shade on opening day of the Homewood Farmers Market in 2018.
  Visitors to the summer farmers
  market in Homewood can enjoy
  sunshine while they shop.

 


There will be a toddler tent filled with age-appropriate activities. The Homewood Science Center opens its doors for a Building Basics PopUp Science program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Patrons can also pick up new Homewood Farmers Market reusable bags.  

Regular food vendors at the Homewood Farmers Market feature fresh fruits and vegetables from Benton Harbor Bee Company & Fruit Market and Six Generations Farmin' Local vegetarian prepared meals from The Sunshine Kitchen; olive oils, vinegars, salsas and sauces from Sonoma Farm; homemade scones and cookies from Organic Bread of Heaven; Mexican food from El Coyote; flowers and locally produced honey from Zeldenrust Farm Market; and more.


The last Saturday of each month features the popular Hunt & Gather Market where attendees can shop for unique vintage finds, antique and retro home goods, hand-crafted artisan candles, soaps, jewelry and more.  

A family relaxes in the shade on opening day of the Homewood Farmers Market in 2018.
  A family relaxes in the shade
  on opening day of the 2018
  Homewood Farmers Market.

 

The Homewood Science Center, adjacent to the market, will host periodic science events. In addition to the Building Basics event on May 25, programs will include Go Green! on June 22, Metal Mania on July 27, Bubble Bash on Aug. 24 and Science of Healthy Choices on Sept. 28. Visit www.HomewoodScienceCenter for full details and information.

This year’s market is sponsored by La Voute Bistro and Bar and Home Depot. For more information on the Homewood Farmers Market, visit www.HomeSweetHomewood.com or call 708-798-3000.
 

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