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  • Post #271 - June 6th, 2020, 10:03 am
    Post #271 - June 6th, 2020, 10:03 am Post #271 - June 6th, 2020, 10:03 am
    I was dead wrong about shutting down University Pl. causing dysfunction. It was weird that the optimal parking spots in the alley that leads to University were as available as any point in memory.

    The problem was that the first week with fruit ended up being somewhat of a bait and switch since the strawberries were sold out at the 2 vendors (MI farm outside the square on University, and strawberry specialists on the east side in the square) by 9.05am. Probably because so much is on the outside, there was no line to get in. I let the employee pick 2 bunches of lettuce at Henry's, and 1 head of Boston and 1 of Red Romaine for $3/per was a good deal. Smit's had a nice selection of herbs, of which I got cilantro in its first appearance of the season. Lots of rhubarb was being offered. Otherwise mostly the same spring offerings.
  • Post #272 - June 6th, 2020, 2:06 pm
    Post #272 - June 6th, 2020, 2:06 pm Post #272 - June 6th, 2020, 2:06 pm
    Hi- I had to go to the walkup teller at Byline Bank on Emerson first to deposit a check and get some small bills. I asked them when the Davis Street location lobby was going to be open, and he said it was open now, but it was not open on Tuesday while I was walking home from my dentist.

    By the time I went to the bank and walked over there there were not a lot of crowds at all. I got two bunches of asparagus at Jon First's, and I got two bunches of spinach and two heads of lettuce at Henry's. By the time I got there it was 11:00, and Henry had all of his spinach and lettuce 2/$5. Both heads of lettuce he gave me were romaine, and so I was happy. Normally I get mesclum, but they did not have any today.

    I was not going to go into the square, but when I saw there was no line, I decided to go in there and see what Nichols had. I was looking for snow peas, and I am not sure if he had any or not. Henry was out of them. Henry had lots of spinach left. I am not sure how much lettuce he had. Next week there should be a lot of strawberries. Jon First should have some as well as Linda Koeningshof, Nichols, Morlocks, Lyons, Stovers. and the other people from Berrien Springs that I assumed had them today but ran out. They had peonies and asparagus left when I got there. Everything is late this year. They also had a frost the beginning of May in Michigan, and part of my sister's farm got down to 24. She has plenty of apples, but she has only half a crop of cherries and peaches, and most of her apricots got wiped out. Jon First told me today though, that he hit it lucky, and he is actually going to have to thin some of his peach trees. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #273 - June 11th, 2020, 4:47 pm
    Post #273 - June 11th, 2020, 4:47 pm Post #273 - June 11th, 2020, 4:47 pm
    Hi- I just wanted to let people know that if they want to preorder for this Saturday, they should do it now. I noticed that 1ST Orchards now has a website where they allow preordering, but if you preorder 2 bunches of asparagus, you will get charged $8. If you wait until you get to market to purchase it, you can get 2 bunches of asparagus for $7. They do have strawberries listed for this week for $7 a quart, but I am sure that they will be cheaper at the market if you buy more than one quart. Last week though when I got there at 11:00, they were out of basil plants, but I noticed that you can preorder them for this week. If you go to the Friends of the Evanston Farmer's market website, they have a list of all of the farmers that do preorders, and they give a link to their website.

    As far as I know Henry and Nichols do not do preorder. I just got an email from Talking Farm though, and they are going to be at the Evanston market on 6/13, and they are only doing preorder. All they are bringing to the market this Saturday though is romaine, kale mesclun, and some other kind of lettuce. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #274 - June 12th, 2020, 7:43 am
    Post #274 - June 12th, 2020, 7:43 am Post #274 - June 12th, 2020, 7:43 am
    I got an email from Lyons Fruit Farm. They are offering home delivery as well as preordering for the Evanston market.

    https://www.lyonsfruitfarm.com/
    -Mary
  • Post #275 - June 12th, 2020, 8:05 am
    Post #275 - June 12th, 2020, 8:05 am Post #275 - June 12th, 2020, 8:05 am
    Hi- Here is the link for Talking Farm if you want to preorder anything for tomorrow at the Evanston market.

    https://the-talking-farm.myshopify.com/ ... eid=612309

    They are only taking preorders now until noon today, and they will not do sales tomorrow. There is a minimum $10 purchase. They are selling kale, mesclun, romaine and leaf lettuce. This year all of there transactions at the Skokie and Evanston farmers market will be preorder only.
  • Post #276 - June 12th, 2020, 8:44 am
    Post #276 - June 12th, 2020, 8:44 am Post #276 - June 12th, 2020, 8:44 am
    NFriday wrote:Here is the link for Talking Farm if you want to preorder anything for tomorrow at the Evanston market.
    ...
    They are only taking preorders now until noon today, and they will not do sales tomorrow. There is a minimum $10 purchase. ... This year all of there transactions at the Skokie and Evanston farmers market will be preorder only.
    They're only at the market every other Saturday. The menu for pre-order opens on Thursday and closes at noon on Friday.

    Nobody can accuse them of making things too easy.
  • Post #277 - June 12th, 2020, 9:00 am
    Post #277 - June 12th, 2020, 9:00 am Post #277 - June 12th, 2020, 9:00 am
    That is how Talking Farm has been handling their pick your own basket that they have been having at their farm for the past month. You have to preorder and buy at least $10, and they sell out within hours. I might have been interested in some kale, but that means that I would have to purchase something else to bring it up to $10.

    Here is the link to the Facebook page that Myra just did telling people what is coming to the market tomorrow.

    https://www.facebook.com/EvanstonMarket ... __tn__=K-R
  • Post #278 - June 13th, 2020, 10:49 am
    Post #278 - June 13th, 2020, 10:49 am Post #278 - June 13th, 2020, 10:49 am
    NFriday wrote:Here is the link for Talking Farm if you want to preorder anything for tomorrow at the Evanston market.

    They are only taking preorders now until noon today, and they will not do sales tomorrow. There is a minimum $10 purchase. They are selling kale, mesclun, romaine and leaf lettuce. This year all of there transactions at the Skokie and Evanston farmers market will be preorder only.
    Not blaming Nancy since my recollection from the link yesterday was that it confirmed online preorder as the only means of buying Talking Farm, but it ended up being incorrect. They were selling greens for cash $3 or 2 for $5 today. They're on the outside, NW corner of whole plot. When I saw them selling like a normal vendor, I said I thought they were preorder only. The 2 guys working the stand said they heard that was put out online, but didn't know why. No direct reason not to believe the every-other-week schedule, but they aren't preorder-only.

    No line to get in 9.20am today. Strawberries were available at 3-4 places, all were $7/qt. I purchased at 1st Orchards. Decently sized lines for Nichols and River Valley, I only waited in the latter. Henry had 2 for $5 lettuce, which I bought. I was split between him and Talking Farm.
  • Post #279 - June 13th, 2020, 11:37 am
    Post #279 - June 13th, 2020, 11:37 am Post #279 - June 13th, 2020, 11:37 am
    Hi- I noticed that Talking Farm was doing sales today too. They still had a lot left to sell when I got there at 11:30, but they were out of kale. I ended up getting a head of lettuce from Henry though and a bag of spinach too. I also got some snow peas for $3. I was going to get some sugar snaps from Nichols, but they were only selling them in one pound bags, and it was $9. They used to sell them by the pound. Nichol's strawberries which I love, were 3 pints for $12, which was more money than Jon First, and so I got two quarts of his, and they are okay, but they should be better next week. He had lots of strawberries and asparagus left when I bought them at 11:45. I was hoping K & K farms would be there with strawberries, but when I did not see them, I asked and they did not come to the market today. They should be there next week. They have wonderful raspberries. They raise 50 acres of raspberries, and they should have some in maybe three weeks. There was no line again to get into the market. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #280 - June 26th, 2020, 9:14 pm
    Post #280 - June 26th, 2020, 9:14 pm Post #280 - June 26th, 2020, 9:14 pm
    Hi- Starting next week, since we are now in stage 4, people will be able to buy prepared food including coffee. Right now the Mexican restaurant that always has a long line is already selling prepared food. Also in two weeks the market will get rid of the square, and will return back to rows. It will be configured the way it has been in previous years. I assume that means that they will not limit the number of people at the market. I don't know if this means that the tables and chairs will return so people can eat what they buy at the market, and people will be allowed to pick out their own produce. So far the not being able to pick out my own produce has not been that bad. The only problem I experienced was when I wanted to purchase some sugar snap peas from Nichols, and I passed because I was forced to be a whole pound of them. If the virus rates get worse though, we could be forced to revert back to stage 3 in which case the market will go back to the way it was at the beginning of the season.

    When corn becomes available too, it will help if I don't have to buy a whole dozen ears. Henry is bringing more lettuce, even though he said last week was the last of the lettuce until this fall. The lettuce will be $3 or 2/$5. Raspberries will be available for the first time this season too, but get there early if you want some. There should still be lots of strawberries too. Asparagus is winding down though. I passed on asparagus last week, because by the time I got there, there was only one farmer that still had it. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #281 - June 27th, 2020, 12:18 pm
    Post #281 - June 27th, 2020, 12:18 pm Post #281 - June 27th, 2020, 12:18 pm
    First Orchards had a good deal on their huge basil plants today for $10. I just bought one. I would have bought two, but I am running out of pots to transplant it into. It seemed like there were more people there today. All of the farmers I bought from were outside the square. When I got there at 11:30, most of the farmers were out of strawberries, and when I checked Nichols they were out too, and so I backtracked and went back to K & K which only had a few left. I passed on them earlier because they were small. Jewel had strawberries for $.99 last week, and they are $2.50 this week. I did get some asparagus this week, but I only got one bunch, because I am not sure how long ago they were picked.

    Nichols had the last of their spinach for $5. I was tempted, but I already bought two heads of lettuce, some sugar snap peas, and some swiss chard from Henry, and the asparagus. Nichols's bags were not a really good deal though either.

    When the market reverts back to their usual format in two weeks, I hope that it does not get too crowded. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #282 - Today, 1:44 am
    Post #282 - Today, 1:44 am Post #282 - Today, 1:44 am
    Hi- Sorry for posting so late. I just found out that the strawberries are essentially over for the year. The hot weather did them in. If you get to the market early, you might be able to get a few.

    The Michigan cherry crop is small this year because it got down to 24 degrees on May 9th, and so there are not as many cherries and peaches this year. My sister only had 25% of a cherry crop and upicked them all in two days. She has 50 % of a peach crop, but she has no apricots this year. She is not going to upick peaches this summer, but she is going to have them at her fruit stand, and she is going to upick apples. She has more apples this year than anything else. I suspect that there are not going to be a lot of cherries at the market this week, but there are going to be some raspberries and the first of the blueberries.

    Henry is bringing supposedly the last of his lettuce this week, but he said that two weeks ago, and he also said the same thing last week. He is also bringing carrots, beets, the last of the snow and sugar snap peas, swiss chard, lots of fennel and onions, and cauliflower and broccoli and a few herbs and purslane, lambs quarters and a few other edible weeds. This is supposed to be the last week for the current configuration of the market, and starting next week they will go back to the rows. I am not sure how people are going to social distance if they do that. This week they will have prepared foods too for the first time this season, but they will not have the tables and chairs set up. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #283 - Today, 11:17 am
    Post #283 - Today, 11:17 am Post #283 - Today, 11:17 am
    Hi- I got there about 10:30, and two growers still had strawberries. I was surprised. I got two quarts of strawberries from K & K, and then I got a pint of Queen Anne cherries from the farmer next door who is from Berrien Springs. I had to pay $6 for a pint of cherries, but this will probably be the only Michigan cherries I have this summer.

    I then went to Henry and his intern waited on me, and there was a language barrier. I told him I wanted two heads of lettuce, and a small box of sugar snap peas. I noticed on the sign that they were out of cauliflower, but I asked anyway, and he said they were out, and so I said I would take some broccoli instead, and I got one stalk of broccoli for $4. He then said he just found a head of cauliflower, and asked me if I wanted it, and I said yes. It was really small, and I thought he was giving it to me. I almost did not recognize it as being cauliflower. I then put my card in, and I asked him if it went through, and I thought he said yes, and I took it out, but then I was told I had to put my card in again, and I realized that he never entered in my order. When he said it went through, he told me it was $19. I said that was a mistake, and it should be only $12. After going back and forth with him, he mentioned the cauliflower. I got charged $7 for the cauliflower that I thought he was giving to me. I decided to let it go, but like I said there was a language barrier. Next time I will let somebody else wait on me. That is the problem with Henry that he does not put the prices for everything on his sign, and in normal years I could just see how much it was, and pick out my own. I loved the lettuce I got from Henry last week though.

    I then got a pint of blueberries from Jon First and decided I spent enough money. I noticed that Nichol's had all of there small basil plants for $1, which was a really good deal, but I don't need another basil plant.

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