Wheaton's French market opens in temporary location

  • Natalia Salaman, left, of Windy Acres Farm, Geneva, assists customer Tammy Shaeffer of Streamwood at Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Natalia Salaman, left, of Windy Acres Farm, Geneva, assists customer Tammy Shaeffer of Streamwood at Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Doug Drenk of Wheaton carries bouquets and a cup of coffee while making selections at a booth during the Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Doug Drenk of Wheaton carries bouquets and a cup of coffee while making selections at a booth during the Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Sandi's Fresh Flowers owner Sandi Andre of West Chicago arranges flower bouquets at Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Sandi's Fresh Flowers owner Sandi Andre of West Chicago arranges flower bouquets at Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Shoppers make their way through Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Shoppers make their way through Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rain droplets cover pears at the Six Generations Farmin' Local, Inc. stand at Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Rain droplets cover pears at the Six Generations Farmin' Local, Inc. stand at Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Abigail Navarez, 4, of Glendale Heights shops with her family at Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Abigail Navarez, 4, of Glendale Heights shops with her family at Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Brinn Arwood of Warrenville purchases tomatoes at Wheaton's French market Saturday.

      Brinn Arwood of Warrenville purchases tomatoes at Wheaton's French market Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/10/2021 4:11 PM

Wheaton's wildly popular open-air French market, which has temporarily relocated to Reber Street to accommodate a massive streetscape project, opened for the season Saturday.

Vendors offering a variety of items, including fresh-cut flowers, produce, bread and jewelry, lined both sides of Reber Street and Liberty Drive as a steady stream of customers visited their tables.

 

"We had such a great response this morning considering it's a rainy day." said Sandi Andre of Sandi's Fresh Cut Flowers, West Chicago, who serves as the on-site supervisor for the French market. "Look at all these happy people."

Andre, who has been a vendor at the French market for around 24 years, said there is a great variety of items available, wide aisles and plenty of convenient parking at the new location.

Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Nov. 27, the market has many of last year's COVID-19 precautions in place to protect the health of vendors and shoppers. The first hour is reserved for the unvaccinated at-risk population, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions.

Precautions include social distancing requirements and directional pathways. In addition, all attendees and participants must wear face masks.

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