We are happy to announce that we have several new vendors joining us at the 2018 Summer Market! Hopefully, you had the opportunity to meet a few of them at the indoor market, but some will be making their first appearance at the market starting this May. Opening day for the Tuesday Market is May 1st & Opening Day for the Saturday Market is May 5th. Hope to see you there!
We are a family owned and operated farm committed to providing the Northern Illinois region with the freshest, finest quality, organically grown produce available. All of our produce is USDA certified organic through MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association. We are proud to manage our farm in accordance with strict organic and sustainable standards in an effort to continually improve the condition of our land. (TUESDAY MARKET)
At its best, ginger beer can be complex and inviting. It can accentuate a liquor’s flavor, helping craft it into the perfect mixed drink, or simply stand alone as a delicious soda. We’d like to think that our Windmill Ginger Brews do all of that and more. Each batch is hand-crafted using real fruit, offering a variety of flavors that will please any palate. (SATURDAY MARKET)
We are a Colombian family who has lived in the McHenry County area for over 30 years. My father has always loved to cook; I inherited his passion and became a professional chef. With a little of my help, he created this unique and addictive salsa. We have been sharing it for years with friends and family and everyone tells us to sell it – so now we are going to try! The name is a pun off of the famous movie “Carlito’s Way” – my father and little brother share the name Carlos and “Carlitos” translates to “little Carlos” (TUESDAY & SATURDAY MARKETS)
NOLA ice was started by Byron Despointes and his wife Kendyl Despointes. Byron is from New Orleans where there is a snowball stand on every corner. Byron would always talk about when he was little his mother would take him and his siblings to get snowballs and all the different flavors they would try. His mother Chantell Autin loved New Orleans and even had a pageant company there. It’s in her memory that the name NOLA Ice was used. After visiting New Orleans multiple times and getting snowballs all the time, Kendyl had the idea to bring snowballs to Illinois. Now you may be asking what is a snowball and how is it different from a snow cone? The answer to that question is how the ice is crushed or shaved. Most shaved ice or snow cone vendors use a machine that takes regular cubes of ice and crushes them into small pieces. Snowball machines use one block of ice and blades to shave the ice into powder. This isn’t your average snow cone. Because the ice is powder absorbing the flavor better. (TUESDAY & SATURDAY MARKETS)
I specialize in homemade butters. Garlic and Honey are my two most popular made with my own churned butter. I also have 18-20 prepackaged spices to mix with Yogurt, Hummus or Cream Cheese. They also. And be used as rubs, added to salads or recipes. Stop by and enjoy a sample! (TUESDAY MARKET)
The Grill from Highwood may have moved after 10 years and changed names, but our food is still available! Offering homemade frozen soups, chili, and homemade salad dressings. We do not use products with trans fat oils or MSG. (TUESDAY MARKET)
Other Vendor News…..
Woodworker Robert Schultz will be coming every Saturday during the Summer Market. Robert has been working with wood for about 45 years and building wooden art for about 25 years. He shows about 27 different species of wood and several different finishes. All of his bowls are finished with beeswax in order to produce a food-safe top coat.
We have a returning vendor this year, Red Buffalo Nursery will be at the market on Saturdays through the end of June with a variety of native plants. Red Buffalo Nursery specializes in plants native to the prairies, wetlands, savannas, and forests of Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin. They grow plants from locally collected seed whenever possible and never dig plants from the wild.