Main Street Metro Station
60516

Downers Grove Farmers Market
1592   0   0   0   0  
Hot

 
4.7 (2)
Add Media
Write Review

Since the mid 1990s, The Indian Boundary YMCA has jointly sponsored with the Village of Downers Grove the Downtown Downers Grove Market. A group of Indian Boundary YMCA volunteers work tirelessly each year to recruit vendors, staff the market and man the Indian Boundary YMCA information booth. Proceeds from booth sales help the YMCA to enhance existing programs and to offer financial assistance to children and families to participate in Y programs. Last year, more than 3000 people visited the market during peak weeks.

Over the past three years the market has expanded to include more than sixty vendors. With this influx of new vendors, the Y has been able to expand the market offerings. On a typical Saturday you’ll find everything you need to prepare your weekend and weekly meals including vegetables, fruits, cheese, eggs, pork, beef and chicken, oils, herbs, honey, spices, dried cherries, salsas, pickles, peppers, olives and humus, breads, scones, cakes, cookies and pastries, natural soft drinks, coffees and teas. If you’re hungry, on the spot you’ll find crepes, hot dogs, donuts, pop corn, cookies, scones, smoothies, lemonade and dog treats.

Decorate your dinner table or home with fresh cut flowers or potted orchids. If you’re in the mood to shop for yourself or for gifts for others there are a variety of craft vendors who sell jewelry, night lights, bird houses, garden ornaments, children’s books, children’s clothing, handbags, soaps and lotions, framed art, glass art, kitchen art, baskets, gift baskets, wooden bowls, and dog treats.

If that local community flavor is what you’re looking for, enjoy the music of local musicians, participate in periodic YMCA fitness classes, have your blood drawn or glucose level read, observe a cooking demonstration, meet with the Village Council, do your holiday shopping in October, visit with a friend over a cup of coffee and a scone and enjoy a variety of special elements designed to enhance the market experience.

Carts are available for your use (compliments of local businesses) and bags are available on site for you to purchase.

Map

Swap Start/End

User reviews

Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.7
Selection 
 
4.8  (2)
Parking 
 
4.3  (2)
Location 
 
5.0  (2)
Already have an account?
Ratings (the higher the better)
  • Selection
  • Parking
  • Location
Pros & Cons
Comments
Please enter the security code.
Love this and look forward to it!
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Selection 
 
5.0
Parking 
 
4.5
Location 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Guest September 28, 2013

Love this and look forward to it!

Pros & Cons

Pros
Wonderful selection of produce, gluten free bakery and pizza, handicrafts and other items. Festive ago sphere.
Cons
Can't walk with your dog in the vending area (because they sell food)
Was this review helpful to you? 
We visit this market basically ever week while it is open. We buy for the next week and stock up for the winter so we have local and "organic" food year round.

Some farmers are super local and only offer local and in season. Some ship stuff in from other locations while also offering their own goods. Some use greenhouses and alternative growing to offer local but out of season food.

There are venders selling beef, lamb, pork, eggs, cheese, veggies, fruits, berries plus local artisans. What I most appreciate is that in nearly every instance, the actual farmers and their families are on site selling the fruits of their labor.

There could be more "organic" offereings, but in many cases it is clear that the famers use sustainable methods but don't have the organic FDA stamp.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Selection 
 
4.5
Parking 
 
4.0
Location 
 
5.0
Reviewed by LorieB2 June 29, 2012
Top 500 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (1)

Whatever you might need- great Western Suburbs market

We visit this market basically ever week while it is open. We buy for the next week and stock up for the winter so we have local and "organic" food year round.

Some farmers are super local and only offer local and in season. Some ship stuff in from other locations while also offering their own goods. Some use greenhouses and alternative growing to offer local but out of season food.

There are venders selling beef, lamb, pork, eggs, cheese, veggies, fruits, berries plus local artisans. What I most appreciate is that in nearly every instance, the actual farmers and their families are on site selling the fruits of their labor.

There could be more "organic" offereings, but in many cases it is clear that the famers use sustainable methods but don't have the organic FDA stamp.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Great selection, nearly all is local and "sustainable", meet the actual farmers
Cons
minor- nearby parking, but a parking grage w/in .5 mile makes is ok
Was this review helpful to you? 
 

Others Near Here

Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 0.01 Miles
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Farms & Ranches
Distance: 2.41 Miles
City: Westmont
 
5.0 (1)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 3.34 Miles
City: Lisle
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 4.23 Miles
City: Hinsdale
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Restaurants
Distance: 4.56 Miles
City: Glen Ellyn
 
5.0 (1)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 5.35 Miles
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 5.71 Miles
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 6.37 Miles
City: Lombard
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 6.89 Miles
City: Wheaton
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Farmer's Markets
Distance: 7.02 Miles
City: Elmhurst
 
3.8 (1)