Local farmer calls Palatine market 'by far, the best'

Dan Pilguy was a fitting representative for the Palatine Farmers Market this week before the summer and winter editions received village council approval.

Pilguy owns and operates Arlington Crest Farms on South Warren Avenue in Palatine. He's a farmers market vendor, and also serves on the organization's committee.

He thanked the village council for once again allowing the use of Metra commuter parking lot B every Saturday, May 2 to Oct. 31, for the summer market. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dates for the winter farmers market include Nov. 7 and 21, Dec. 5 and 19, with the rest in January, February, March and April in 2021. Most vendors will be inside the Metra train station from 8 a.m. to noon for the winter market.

Pilguy said his Arlington Crest Farms has been at the market since the farm was established in 2016. Arlington Crest Farms covers about a half-acre and has about 50 varieties of organic vegetables, herbs and fruit.

"I've done a few markets since I've been farming," Pilguy said, "and, I have to say, Palatine market is, by far, the best."

At least 30 vendors are participating in the summer market, offering an increased selection of organic produce and other food products. The Palatine market has operated from the Metra depot since 2001.

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