These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Illinois For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Illinois offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Illinois? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Illinois farmers markets:

  1. Wheaton French Market, Wheaton, IL
  2. Chicago-Nettelhorst French Market, Chicago, IL
  3. Wilmette French Market, Wilmette, IL
  4. Villa Park French Market, Villa Park, IL
  5. Geneva French Market, Geneva, IL
  6. Bensenville French Market, Bensenville, IL
  7. Western Springs French Market, Western Springs, IL
  8. Lisle French Market, Lisle, IL
  9. Old Capitol Farmers Market – Springfield, Springfield, IL
  10. Frankfort Country Market, Frankfort, IL

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Illinois or the cheapest place to live in Illinois.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Illinois?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Illinois, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Prairie State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Illinois, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Wheaton French Market

Wheaton French Market -- Wheaton, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Wheaton, IL
Address: 200 S Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Chicago-Nettelhorst French Market

Chicago-Nettelhorst French Market -- Chicago, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Chicago, IL
Address: Nettelhorst School, Broadway and Melrose, Chicago, IL None
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Wilmette French Market

Wilmette French Market -- Wilmette, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Wilmette, IL
Address: Metra Lot 722, Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL 60091
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Villa Park French Market

Villa Park French Market -- Villa Park, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Villa Park, IL
Address: E Park Blvd at S Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181
Times: Sun: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Geneva French Market

Geneva French Market -- Geneva, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Geneva, IL
Address: Metra Parking Lot, NW Corner of South street & 4th Street., Geneva, IL 60134
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Bensenville French Market

Bensenville French Market -- Bensenville, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Bensenville, IL
Address: 10 S Center street, Bensenville, IL 60105
Times: Wed: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Western Springs French Market

Western Springs French Market -- Western Springs, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Western Springs, IL
Address: Hillgrove Ave. between Lawn and Grand Ave, Western Springs, IL None
Times: Thu: 2:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Lisle French Market

Lisle French Market -- Lisle, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Lisle, IL
Address: Garfield Ave. North of Burlington, Lisle, IL 60532
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Old Capitol Farmers Market – Springfield

Old Capitol Farmers Market - Springfield -- Springfield, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Springfield, IL
Address: Adams Street between 5th & 2nd Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Times: Wed: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Frankfort Country Market

Frankfort Country Market -- Frankfort, IL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Frankfort, IL
Address: oak and kansas, Frankfort, IL 60423
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Illinois

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Prairie State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Illinois

Name City Rank Score
Wheaton French Market Wheaton 1 91.4
Chicago-Nettelhorst French Market Chicago 2 85.7
Wilmette French Market Wilmette 3 85.7
Villa Park French Market Villa Park 4 85.7
Geneva French Market Geneva 5 85.7
Bensenville French Market Bensenville 6 85.7
Western Springs French Market Western Springs 7 85.7
Lisle French Market Lisle 8 82.9
Old Capitol Farmers Market – Springfield Springfield 9 80.0
Frankfort Country Market Frankfort 10 80.0
Andersonville Farmers Market Chicago 11 77.1
Logan Square Farmers Market Chicago 12 77.1
Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market Evanston 13 77.1
Farmer’s Market Of Carbondale, Illinois Carbondale 14 77.1
Aurora’s Farmers Market Downtown Aurora 15 74.3
61st Street Farmers Market Chicago 16 71.4
Glenwood Sunday Market Chicago 17 71.4
Historic Plainfield Farmers Market Plainfield 18 71.4
Woodstock Summer Farmers Market Woodstock 19 71.4
Morton Grove Farmers’ Market Morton Grove 20 71.4
Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers Market Bloomington 21 68.6
Village Of Buffalo Grove Farmers Market Buffalo Grove 22 68.6
Kankakee Farmers’ Market – Spring Market Kankakee 23 68.6
Carbondale Farmers’ Market Carbondale 24 68.6
Village Of Park Forest Farmers’ Market Park Forest 25 68.6
Green City Market – Indoor Chicago 26 65.7
Plant Chicago Farmers Market Chicago 27 65.7
South Halsted Neighborhood Farmers Market Chicago 28 65.7
Rockford City Market Rockford 29 65.7
Oak Park Farmers’ Market Oak Park 30 65.7
Northbrook Farmers Market Northbrook 31 65.7
Mainstreet Libertyville Farmers Market Libertyville 32 65.7
Palos Heights Farmer’s Market Palos Heights 33 65.7
Green City Market – Outdoor Chicago 34 62.9
Joliet Junior College Farmers Market Joliet 35 62.9
Peoria Riverfront Market Peoria 36 62.9
Crystal Lake Farmers Market Crystal Lake 37 62.9
Elk Grove Farmers Market Elk Grove Village 38 62.9
Kankakee Farmers’ Market Kankakee 39 62.9
Winter-Indoor Community Farmers Market Carbondale 40 62.9
The Land Of Goshen Community Market Edwardsville 41 62.9
Wauconda Farmers Market Wauconda 42 62.9
Palatine Farmers’ Market Palatine 43 60.0
Urbana’s Market At The Square Urbana 44 60.0
Woodstock Winter Farmers Market Woodstock 45 60.0
Grayslake Farmers Market Grayslake 46 60.0
La Grange Farmers Market La Grange 47 60.0
3 French Hens French Country Market Morris 48 60.0
Herrin Farmers Market Herrin 49 60.0
Alton Farmers’ And Artisans’ Market Alton 50 57.1
Community Farmers Market- Downtown Carbondale 51 57.1
Huntley Farmers Market Huntley 52 57.1
Deerfield Farmers Market Deerfield 53 57.1
The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Market Lincoln 54 57.1
Palos Heights Farmer’s Market Palos Heights 55 57.1
Portage Park Farmer’s Market Chicago 56 54.3
The Land Connection Champaign Farmers’ Market Champaign 57 54.3
Dekalb Farmers’ Market Dekalb 58 54.3
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – First Congregational Church Of Geneva Geneva 59 54.3
Brookfield Farmers Market Brookfield 60 54.3
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Berry Memorial United Methodist Church Chicago 61 51.4
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Congregational Church Of Jefferson Park Chicago 62 51.4
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Greenstone United Methodist Church – Pullman Chicago 63 51.4
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Dupage Unitarian Universalist Church Naperville 64 51.4
Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Elgin 65 51.4
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Church Of St. Benedict Bolingbrook 66 51.4
Mt. Prospect Farmers Market Mount Prospect 67 51.4
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Oak Park Oak Park 68 51.4
Glenview Farmers Market Glenview 69 51.4
Park Ridge Farmers Market Park Ridge 70 51.4
Foxtrot Organic Farm St. Charles 71 51.4
Homewood Farmers Market Homewood 72 51.4
Cary Farmers Market Cary 73 51.4
Iman’s Fresh Beats & Eats Farmers’ Market Chicago 74 48.6
Independence Park Farmers Market Chicago 75 48.6
Loyola University Chicago Farmers Market Chicago 76 48.6
Peoria Farmers Market At The Metro Centre Peoria 77 48.6
Market At The Park – Orland Park, Il Orland Park 78 48.6
Downtown Downers Grove Market Downers Grove 79 48.6
St. Charles Farmers Market St. Charles 80 48.6
Downtown Danville Farmers Market Danville 81 48.6
Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair Carbondale 82 48.6
Aurora’s Farmers Market East Aurora 83 45.7
Farmers Market At St. John’s Naperville 84 45.7
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market- Indoor Bloomington 85 45.7
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Calvary Episcopal Church Lombard 86 45.7
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge Park Ridge 87 45.7
Mundelein Farmers Market Mundelein 88 45.7
City Of Lake Forest Farmers Market Lake Forest 89 45.7
Village Of Lemont Farmers Market Lemont 90 45.7
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Augustana Lutheran Church Of Hyde Park, Chicago Chicago 91 42.9
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Beverly Unitarian Church, Chicago Chicago 92 42.9
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church – Chicago Chicago 93 42.9
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Temple Sholom, Chicago Chicago 94 42.9
Aurora’s Farmers Market West Aurora 95 42.9
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights Arlington Heights 96 42.9
Olde Schaumburg Centre Farmers Market Schaumburg 97 42.9
Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist Palatine 98 42.9
Oak Lawn Farmers Market Oak Lawn 99 42.9
Berwyn Township Farmer’s Market Berwyn 100 42.9

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