Palatine Farmers Market opens for the season May 7

On Saturday, May 7, the Palatine Farmers Market will open in the Northwest suburbs offering specialties for Mother's Day and highlighting its special guests, the Palatine Ukrainian Church Women, who will be selling homemade pierogies, better known in Ukraine as varenyky.

All proceeds will go to Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine through direct church contacts and to territorial defense units throughout the country.

In addition to veteran vendors, the Palatine Farmers Market welcomes some new treats, including avocado Katich toast and grilled cheese sandwiches, sweet Valhalla Scandinavian cookies, Zachi chocolates, Gigawatt dry-roasted coffee, The Pasta Bar with homemade marinara, and Skokie Provisions with its master chef spices, sauces and blends.

Enjoy again Authentic Tacos and Tamales, Elsie Mae's Pies, Bret Stamper's cheeses, organically fed and free-range meats from the Hasselmann Family Farm, with the freshest eggs available, and Soft Wave fish, crabcakes and spreads.

Barb is back to greet dogs with her homemade treats. Dan, Jordan and Peter return with early greens and vegetables, picked Friday for Saturday's market. They also have bedding plants ready for planting.

The market is celebrating Mother's Day by inviting everyone to Plant a Posy for Mom as a way of honoring all moms, grandmas, sisters and aunts. Be a guest at the Sister Cities Managers' booth for this event, brought to you by Maggie's Munchies, Churchill Orchards and Geneva Lakes Produce. For the children, "Mermaid Malia" will be creating artistic, colorful balloon fantasies near the station.

Palatine Farmers Market also welcomes back veteran vendors: Honey Lake Bee Company, offering specials for Mother's Day; Garlic Underground to spice up a special Mother's Day meal; That Pickle Guy with the best pickles, olive salad and Muffalata.

Come early for the best croissants from Katic Bakery and their unique breads, and Sweetland Bakery with keto and paleo delights. Another treat for mom and dad would be freshly sharpened cutlery and garden tools. Amanda and Dave will be on hand to sharpen all knives and tools.

Come early for breakfast, stay for lunch, greet your favorite vendors, meet new vendors, see friends and neighbors, and enjoy the music of Jazzman Jeff.

Begin another Palatine Farmers Market season from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the train station parking lot, Smith and Wood streets, Palatine.

For more information, contact Marg Duer at or (847) 894-0007.

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