Come summer there will be one more farmers market in Lake County attracting local patrons.
The Village of Wadsworth is hoping to start an annual farmers market officials hope will be the crown jewel of the area, and they’re inviting local vendors and entertainment to get in on the action.
Wadsworth resident Hope Forcier is orchestrating the project and said it’s slowly coming together and is scheduled to open July 12. She said this is going to be a producers’ market with vendors mostly growing or making their own products to sell.
The market will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. every Friday.
The unconventional later hours, Forcier said, are the best times to hold a market because, “people work and it gives them time to get off work and pick up their kids at school.”
The market will be at the bottom of the sledding hill next to the village hall. There parents can shop the market for fresh fruits and vegetables while youngsters enjoy the nearby playground, Forcier said.
Village president Glenn Ryback said he had been wanting to bring a market to the village for some time now.
“On a Friday night, neighbors and friends can come together to shop and have that feeling of community we have here, Ryback said.
He added that farmers markets are becoming more popular because they lessen our carbon footprint and in a place where people are already growing vegetables, herding sheep and making their own honey, it makes sense.
While a construction project to widen Wadsworth Road is making traffic flow slower, Ryback said he’s hoping that by Labor Day, construction will be done and it will invite everyone who drives by the corner of Delany and Wadsworth roads to stop and shop the market.
As of now, the list of vendors only includes the famous Apple Holler products from Wisconsin. Foricer hopes vendors will start turning in their applications this month.
“Vendors do get a discount if they apply by the end of March,” Forcier said.
As a long time vendor herself at the Zion Farmers Market, Forcier said she knows people value a nice atmosphere and a fresh product when shopping a market.
“You can’t beat fresh. There’s a big difference in taste,” Forcier said. “At a market, the produce you find might only be one or two days old. At a grocery store, it’s been a week or longer.”
Vendors interested in joining the Wadsworth Farmers Market can call 847-336-7771.