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.