First Homewood Winter Farmers Market popular with patrons, vendors

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First Homewood Winter Farmers Market popular with patrons, vendors

January 31, 2015 - 14:52


(Video by Anne Colton,


Homewood Winter Farmers Market got off to a brisk start Saturday, Jan. 31, with patrons and vendors expressing delight with the new venture.

From left, Merritt and Kimberly
Slaughter of Flossmoor place
an order for gumbo with 
Cynthia Boyd-Yette of 
Cynthia's Gumbo Express at 
Homewood's first winter 
farmers market session
Saturday, Jan. 31.
(Photo by
Eric Crump/The Chronicle)

Market Manager Kate Duff, who also is a vendor with Homewood Kitchen Gardens, said the idea for adding a winter market came from patron demand. And a survey conducted at the end of last summer's market season confirmed the interest in winter sessions.

"I've been really pleased with the response," she said. "It seems to be filling a gap."

Joi Walker, founder of Enjoi Bakeshop, has been a regular vendor at the summer market for at least six years. The bakery has a number of loyal H-F patrons, and previously she would keep in touch by email during the winter and make occasional deliveries.

"We're just ecstatic about the winter market," she said. "When we heard about this, I said 'Yes!'"

Jack Flaherty selects a brownie
from Enjoi Bakeshop's booth
at the Homewood Winter 
Farmers Market Jan. 31.
by Eric Crump/The Chronicle)

By late morning, Enjoi's baked goods were getting scarce, and there were empty trays at Bakewell's Bakery at the other end of the room. Proprietors of TJ's Kettlecorn, Cynthia's Gumbo Express and Sonoma Farm all said business was good.

The event also attracted a few new patrons, according to Duff, who said she saw quite a few summer regulars, but also met some new people.

Kimberly Slaughter of Flossmoor was there with her daughter, Merritt. She said they had not visited the summer market and weren't aware of the winter session until they saw a sign downtown advertising the event.

In addition to the vendors, visitors to the market could visit Olive Road Little Free Library's mobile facility. LFL steward Sarah Austin posted her decorated cart in the hall just outside the market so children and adults to take a book or leave a book.

Nalina Gallivan, 3, shows off
a book she picked up from the 
Olive Road Little Free Library
cart at the first Homewood 
Winter Farmers Market 
session Jan. 31.
(Photo by
Eric Crump/The Chronicle)

By mid-morning she had run out of board books for children.

Nalina Gallivan, 3, picked up a book on her way into the market with her father, Dan Gallivan, and her twin brother, Daniel.

"She started reading it right away," Gallivan said. And she was still reading it as they left.

Homewood Winter Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the board room at Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, the last Saturday of the month through April.


More information:
Homewood Kitchen Gardens
Enjoi Bakeshop
Bakewell Bakery
Cynthia's Gumbo Express
Sonoma Farm
Little Free Library on Olive Road

Contact Eric Crump at [email protected]