2014 Vendor, Community Partner, & Musician Applications Are Available!

2013_HM_FacebookProfileAfter a little wait, a little editing, and BIG excitement we at the Downtown Neighborhood Association have our Harvest Market online applications available to be filled out!

2014 Vendor Application (Early deadline April 1)
This is for farmers (veggie, fruit, or animal), bakers, food artisans, artists, etc.  If you grow it, make it, or mix and bake it – fill out this form.

2014 Community Partner Application (Deadline April 1)
If you are an Elgin area not for profit that is all about any of the following: local business, community, food, health and wellness, environment and sustainability – you should come on out and take advantage of free booth space and people with similar interests as your organization.

2014 Entertainment/Musician Application (Deadline April 1)
This is for all local entertainers and musicians who are interested in getting their name out in the Elgin area, snagging some new leads and gigs, who would fit the daytime farmers market feel, and have the added benefit of getting paid.

Pretty soon our website will be finished as well with its new format and updated information – so look out!

Locating Local Holiday Food & Fare

6a00d8341c647153ef01676361334a970b-500wiLet’s get to the point. We have had frost, snow, and our gardens are mostly bare – we need some ideas and resources to get into the local healthy holiday spirit.  Where does one go to get those picturesque local foods and wares to create that guilt-free Thanksgiving meal, local Black Friday specials, and early Christmas baking and gift shopping? Here is what we uncovered:

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Naturally Naked has pasture raised turkeys for the holidays and pork for sale. Call Sara at 630.546.0711 for arrangements.
 
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Windy Acres Crafts has been busy making soap and besides contacting her to order you can also see her wares at the following holiday craft fairs:
Weekend after Thanksgiving:
First weekend in December: Tinley Park Convention Center
Second weekend in December: Harper College in Palatine
 

FREE Holiday Health Fairs
Do you have 15 or more employees? Or work in a building with a lobby and thoroughfare? Diane Hardy from Chiro One Wellness Centers is offering four FREE HEALTH FAIRS to your facility through December. Please call her at (847) 322-4937 and get on the books. Each health fair, with vendors, samples, goody bags, and local merchants promoting health screenings and wellness services, is again completely free! Call today and be preventive about your employees’ health!

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Every Saturday 9am-3pm inside ReStore off of Route 31.Vendors include:

Door County Coffee, CRIA Honey, Nickols Meat and Cheese, Sonata Soaps, Wendy’s Wood Carving and Knit Works, St. Rogers Abbey, Pam’s Beauty Supplies, Scentsy’s Candles, Pie Man, Golden Dogs, Wildtree, Martha’s Popcorn, Tony’s Sharpening and Chiro One. Plus Enjoy Pioneer Farm will be bringing veggies, meats, eggs, fall decor and Christmas swags!

 
Kleins Farm & Garden Market Reopens November 23
Visit their store in Udina/Route 20 and follow them on Facebook for details!
 
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Open year round and accessible – check out the directory to see what is right here in the center of Elgin and support local business.
 
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Check out our vendor page for how to contact your favorite vendors over the holidays and winter!

National Food Day (Oct. 24) in Elgin

1397503_10151660232177124_1167075345_o-1Don’t miss celebrating local food on “National Food Day” which is Thursday, October 24!  Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Celebrate good food here in Elgin at Advocate Sherman Hospital from 11am – 2pm during you lunch break. There will be a mini market with some of your favorite market vendors (Troggs Hollow Farm (Produce), Gramp’s Gourmet (Pickles), Early Bird Farm (Pork), and Breadsmith), plus lunch specials at their cafe, Master gardeners and dietitians on hand to answer your questions, information about Sherman’s community gardens, Shared Harvest Cooperative and Food for Greater Elgin, plus a fun raffle if you stop at all booths!