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posted: 6/17/2014 12:53 PM

Libertyville's farmers market set to begin

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Opening day for MainStreet Libertyville's Farmers Market is Thursday, June 19, on Church Street in downtown Libertyville.

At 9 a.m., join Mayor Terry Weppler, farmers market manager Al Scott, and his assistant, Curt Sriver, for the annual watermelon cutting ceremony.

Touted as one of Lake County's top farmers markets, it is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday until Oct. 16, rain or shine.

Each week, 30 vendors will feature the freshest of produce, fruits, pastries, artisanal breads, cheeses, french crepes, plants, flowers, free range meats and eggs, kettle corn, pickles, olives, mushrooms, certified organic vegetables, local honey, sauces, goat milk soap, appetizers and homemade dog treats. Bring your knives to be sharpened on-site.

"Al works very hard to develop an assortment of vendors that will attract a diverse crowd to the market," MainStreet Executive Director Pam Hume said. "In fact, some of our vendors have been with us since the market started and look forward to coming back each year. It is the mix of our popular vendors, plus the introduction of new products that keep our market fresh."

For the children's entertainment, Cook Memorial Public Library will host its children's story hour each week during the summer. Fresh Picked Stories will be presented at 10 and 11 a.m. June 19 to Aug. 7 in Cook Park.

Balloon sculpting and juggling will be provided by R.C. Juggles. Musical entertainment will be provided by Whitey O'Day.

There is plenty of free parking available, including the covered parking garage on Lake Street and the municipal lot behind St. Lawrence Episcopal Church.