Farmers markets are back! Tomorrow we’ll bring you the updated Go West Guide to Farmers Markets, which features a market nearly every day of the week in the far western suburbs. The guide will also list nearby farm dinners, farm stands and a few pick-your-own places.
But first, we have a Q&A with Izabella Kowalski, a farmer who is heavily involved with one of our favorite farmers markets – the Geneva Green Market. The Geneva Green Market’s 5th season will get underway tomorrow, Thursday, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is held in downtown Geneva at 75 N. River Lane, in a parking lot on the west side of the Fox River and just a block north of Route 38/State Street. It will run every Thursday morning through October.
Kowalski was kind enough to answer a few questions via email, especially helpful for those who haven’t visited the Geneva Green Market before.
Q. Can you tell Go West readers what makes the Geneva Green Market unique from many other farmers markets?
A. We visit all the farmers and producers.
We have more requirements then other markets. This includes no reselling; the farm/product must be grown/produced under 200 mile radius from Geneva; and farmers are required to provide a sustainability statement. ... We do not allow chocolate or tropical fruits.
We strive to be as green as possible and educate our customers.
We feature Kids Corner, which is a partnership with Delnor Hospital and Fit For Kane, that offers assorted activities for children of all ages related to food and agriculture, encouraging children to sample fruits and veggies, try to grow some of their own, etc.