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Farmers’ Market Becomes Main St. Market And Draws Twice As Many

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These gentlemen had the grill hot and ready for the first day of the Main Street Market. (Photo: Victor Blackful)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The long-lived Park Forest Farmers’ Market has migrated to Main Street, now officially known as the Main Street Market. If opening day was any indication, the new location will be very busy.

Organizer Victor Blackful said the debut at 48 Main Street drew twice as many people than last year’s open. Fruits and vegetables will arrive in June, Mr. Blackful said, as they are grown locally.

The market has around since 1974. Local farmers, food vendors, and businesses have drawn thousands through the decades.

“The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products,” according to the Village of Park Forest’s website. “Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more.”

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Tonia Hendrix of Now We No hopes to increase awareness for the health of women. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Tonia Hendrix had a table on the market’s first day. She is a “brand ambassador” with the Now We No movement which works to “bring awareness to the fact that the leading brand sanitary pads and tampons on the market are potentially health-hazardous to our women and our daughters,” Ms. Hendricks said.

She said she was at the Farmers’ Market to “share the awareness, and to let women know, and also to offer them an alternative to what’s on the market.

More information from Now We No, “Now We No is the campaign that is informing men and women all over the world about the harmful effects that some of today’s sanitary napkins and tampons may have on women’s bodies. It is the brainchild of Nspire Network’s founders and is consistent with the philosophy of being mission-driven people. The Now We No movement has partnered with women’s organizations and awareness groups to host 5k walks, bike rides, and basketball games to bring awareness to this potentially life-threatening issue.”

Bill and Sue Brazzale from the East Lincolnwood neighborhood were happy to see the market return.

“I like the market where it is,” Ms. Brazzale said. “I think it’s a good location. I think it’s gong to draw from Western, CVS, Dollar General. The parking is good. There’s more room. The vendors are more visible.”

“I think this has always been one of the best Farmers’ Markets because it is a true Farmers’ Market. It’s not a craft display,” she said.

The Market is open Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., May through October, for shopping, food, and entertainment. Vendors accept EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons.  It is located at 48 Main Street, just steps from Western Avenue, in the parking lot across from Victory Center, next door to Dollar General.

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