Best Produce Markets
Top 5 Produce Markets, ranked.
- About: Now in its 30th year, the Woodstock Farmers Market on the square is an award-winning producers market, allowing only products that are grown, produced or made by local farmers or artisans. Find the freshest, in-season produce, locally-grown plants, plus beef, eggs, pork, honey, wine, cheeses and more. There are 40 Saturday vendors and 30 Tuesday vendors. LINK Cards and WIC/Senior Benefit Vouchers are accepted. Double value tokens up to $5 per market day are also available, while funding lasts. Live bands play in the Park in the Square.
- Hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays and Tuesdays, May-October, Woodstock Square. Winter Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, October-April, McHenry County Fairgrounds.
- What people are saying: “Looking forward to the summer market. It’s well run and [manager] Keith [Johnson] and the group running it really cares about their vendors and a quality market.” -Phil Esche, Waukesha, Wis.
2. Von Bergen’s Country Market, Hebron
- About: Mel and Mike Von Bergen have been taking care of their farmland for more than 25 years. They are known for their sweet corn and pumpkins, but also provide other homegrown and regional vegetables, fruit and local products.
- Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., daily, with self-serve hours after.
- What people are saying: “This is what I love about summer … the awesome little farmer’s markets that seem to spring up. Von Bergen’s has to be one of the best!” -Theresa C., Naperville
3. Stade’s Farm and Market, McHenry
- About: Vern Stade started as a dairy farmer in 1977, and at the same location in 1989 he began to produce fresh fruits and vegetables that sell directly to consumers through their farm market. The farm is also popular for U-pick fruits and vegetables. There is a large entertainment area which includes a petting zoo, corn maze, giant slides, hay rides, and a large variety of unique attractions. The fall festival Shades of Autumn is a harvest time extravaganza.
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., daily.
- What people are saying: “What an amazing place! So unique and the attractions were so creative! Would recommend to anyone!” -Alyssa M.
- About: Find a community of multiple farmers and unique craftsman all in one place. Expect the best in a wide selection of agricultural and craft products.
- Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sundays, June 5 through end of September.
- What people are saying: “It has a great variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a few things you don’t find at every farmers markets. I now have a fridge full of farm fresh meat, eggs and cheese all bought there, along with my fruits and veggies. You can also get some really great fresh fish and shrimp. Don’t forget to stop and grab some flowers on your way out.” -Maria Dax, Schaumburg
5. Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Harvard
- About: Four generations live and work at Royal Oak Farm Orchard. There is no admission or parking fees, only pay for what you choose to do like U-pick, apple and harvest barn shopping, nursery, apple maze and the country store and bakery. Kids can enjoy the entertainment area, petting zoo, maze, rides and playground.
- Hours: August 19-October 31: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday – Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. November 1-November 19: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.
- What people are saying: “Royal Oak is our yearly family destination for apple picking! The kids love the playground and petting zoo and the adults love the cinnamon apple donuts and adorable shop.” -Christa C., Woodstock
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