Saturday brings the final day of Naperville’s well-attended weekly farmers market for 2013.
That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s last call for taking advantage of the seasonal bounty produced nearby and purchased directly from the producer.
Those favorites that make holiday feasts extra delicious — apples, sweet potatoes, cranberries, root vegetables, winter squash, mushrooms and, of course, turkey — can still be had through early November. About eight vendors will return to the parking lot of the Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave., from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2 and 9 for the market’s downsized late-fall encore.
“There’s going to be your fall (produce): potatoes, onions, pumpkins,” said Kathy Mortensen, market manager. “And some of your greens will still be available, and apples, squash.”
A good year
Two market participants that specialize in protein-rich foods will return for the postseason dates as well. Yuppie Hill and Nickles Distribution Inc. will offer meat, poultry, cheese, eggs and the opportunity to order a holiday turkey.
All told, it’s been a pretty good year for the market, which draws about 21 vendors at the season’s peak.
“The weather’s been really cooperative. The farmers have had good weather and the customers have given them great support,” said Mortensen, noting that normal climate patterns are critical for growers every year.
“Now they need good snow this winter. I don’t want the snow, but they need the snow where they are.”
For more information about ordering free-range turkeys for holiday pickup, visit www.nicklesdistributioninc.com or yuppiehillpoultry.com, or call 630-346-0190.