The Evanston Farmers Market will introduce cooking classes showing how to use produce in new ways.
Summer brings a bounty of pleasures, but none more delectable than the abundant fresh local produce available at farmers markets across the North Shore. The Evanston Farmers Market, in its 44th year, is especially vibrant. According to Market Manager Myra Gorman, the market has 5,000 to 7,000 visitors every weekend, making it a true town hub. New vendors include Diversafry, serving up sweet and savory fries, and Adam’s Acres, a Grayslake organic farm. Part of the market’s mission is to educate the community about how to include more fruits and veggies in their diet. In addition to Spud Club, which has weekly activities for kids focused on healthy eating, and a Truck to Table fundraiser which pairs farmers with chefs, Gorman is introducing cooking classes to show how to use produce in innovative ways. “It’s important to get people out of their comfort zone,” she says. Saturdays through Nov. 2, 7:30am-1pm, University Avenue at Oak Street, cityofevanston.org
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