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St. Charles Farmers Market to move outdoors for the season

Starting June 7, the market will move just outside Baker Memorial United Methodist Church

With summerlike weather finally here, the St. Charles Farmers Market will soon be leaving its winter refuge inside the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.
Starting June 7, the market will move just outside the church at 307 Cedar Ave., where people will be able to locally raised produce, meat, poultry, eggs, local honey and more. The outdoor market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through the end of October.
With summerlike weather finally here, the St. Charles Farmers Market will soon be leaving its winter refuge inside the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. Starting June 7, the market will move just outside the church at 307 Cedar Ave., where people will be able to locally raised produce, meat, poultry, eggs, local honey and more. The outdoor market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through the end of October.

ST. CHARLES – With summerlike weather finally here, the St. Charles Farmers Market will soon be leaving its winter refuge inside the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.

Starting June 7, the market will move just outside the church at 307 Cedar Ave. in downtown St. Charles, where people will be able to purchase locally raised produce, meat, poultry, eggs, local honey and more. The outdoor market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through the end of October.

"Our market about three years ago became a year-round market," said market manager Rob Murphy.

Murphy also owns Curds and Whey Cheese Company in Geneva, one of the vendors at the market. His store is at 609 W. State St. in Geneva in the shopping center that also houses the Ace Hardware store.

"We also offer fresh and smoked fish and other artisan foods," he said.

The outdoor market is held rain or shine.

"We've even been set up when it's been snowing," he said.

Murphy is hoping for better weather for this season's outdoor market than what it experienced last year.

"Last summer, Friday seemed to be one of the designated rain days all summer," he said. "It's not like we had rain every week, but there were a lot of weeks where the forecast was really iffy. So we're hoping for better weather this summer on Fridays."

This season's market will feature new vendors, including Brookfield-based Tree City Growers, which specializes in microgreens. Shadow Ivy Organics, which provides organic skin care products, also will be part of the market.

In addition, magician and illusionist Ron Clayton will be making his return to the St. Charles Farmers Market this summer, Murphy said.

"He does sleight of hand and all sorts of really cool things," Murphy said. "The kids are just entranced and so are the adults. He was at our farmers market probably about eight years ago."

Along with new vendors, old favorites like Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm will be part of the market. The vendor sells a variety of fresh fruit, including apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums.

"They are the longest running member of the St. Charles Farmers Market," Murphy said. "They've been here the longest. She predates the market moving to Baker Memorial United Methodist Church."

Maple Park-based Burgin Farms – which sells meats and eggs – also is a big favorite among those who attend the market, he said.

Musicians also will perform at the market from time to time, he said.

"We don't schedule musical entertainment, but we do have entertainers that show up and play," Murphy said. "It's a very impromptu thing."

The market will feature 25 to 30 vendors. Many of the vendors that are part of the indoor market will also participate in the outdoor market, Murphy said.

This is the 15th year the farmers market has been sponsored by Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. The farmers market is a community outreach of Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.

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