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Village Manager's Blog

Glencoe French Market Returns to Wyman Green This Summer

Kiraly_webBy Village Manager Phil Kiraly

Farmers markets across the country have enjoyed growing success (excuse the pun) as conscientious eaters line up for fresh, in-season and artisan goods. Glencoe’s French Market is no exception—celebrating its second season since the “Farmers Market TuneUp” that resulted in rebranding, increased efforts to attract vendors and a move to the centrally-located Wyman Green. We hope you consider joining your friends and neighbors in supporting the wonderful farmers and artisans that participate in the French Market. 

There are many health- and non-health related benefits of buying locally sourced food and goods. Vendors at the Glencoe French Market represent farms and small artisans from across Illinois and neighboring states. By supporting these farmers and artisans directly, you are reinvesting right back into our local and regional economy.

Furthermore, eating and shopping for items that are locally sourced is environmentally-friendly. The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agricultural reports that in the U.S. on average food travels over 1,500 miles to get to the end-consumers’ plate. Shipping food this far requires additional packaging, adding to our waste, and transportation, adding to our carbon footprint. But by buying locally, you can help reduce this average and help ensure that food can be sourced locally into the future, when we may not be able to rely as much on natural resources to ship our food.

And if there’s something you can’t find at the French Market, the benefits of patronizing local grocers, restaurants, service providers can’t be ignored. Supporting local business not only gives you access to higher quality products but also stimulates our local economy. For a full list of Glencoe businesses click here. Remember to shop Glencoe first! 

With these benefits of shopping locally in mind, we invite you to stop by the Glencoe French Market between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday mornings from June 10 to October 14.

Also be sure to stop by the Village tent from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, September 16 for “Coffee with the Board.” New this year, The Village Board of Trustees and Village President Larry Levin are launching a new series this summer to help engage Glencoe residents in discussion around Village and community issues. Learn more about Coffee with the Board and view the full series schedule here.

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Are you a local food or artisan good vendor looking to sell at the Glencoe French Market. Please contact Bensidoun USA at (312) 575-0286 or download an application at www.bensidounusa.com