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Farmers market opens with watermelon cutting ceremony

Northbrook opened its first farmers market at the Our Lady of the Brook parking lot June 24.

Vendors across the tri-state area set up stands to display their products, which consisted of fresh produce, cheeses, sauces, jewelry, hand-made crafts and home dcor, to name a few.

Within the first hour of the markets opening, patrons gathered to get a first look at what they can expect the event to bring each week throughout the season.

I wanted to come out and see what they have to offer, said Lauren Redland of Northbrook. Its different than others because it has a wide variety of items available. Its not your regular market. Its really nice for people in the neighborhood to just walk on over.

Town officials were present for a special watermelon cutting ceremony, led by Ron Bernardi of Sunset Foods and with the help of Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum.

The farmers market is something Ive wanted for years, and Im glad we finally have it, Frum said. Im pleased [Dale Duda, market manager] took the initiative and this is one more way to bring the community together. In an economy like this, people are sufferingthis is a community event to pull people together every week. Everyone is supporting each other.

Members of community service groups and nonprofit organizations also set up tables to distribute literature about their efforts and increase awareness.  Musical entertainment on opening day was provided by a string quartet comprised of local musicians.

The Our Lady of the Brook Farmers Market will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 14. Cooking demonstrations and other special events such as plays and family entertainment are planned throughout the season.

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  1. farmer’s market in northbrook: GREAT IDEA…just wish it was held on Saturday, when working people would have time to take a leisurely stroll through the grounds….Why Wednesday?

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