This is Not Goodbye

med_resI find this to be an interesting time for our weekday market, as we wrap up our final market for 2013 this Thursday, October 3, 9am – 2pm.  It feels like we end at the tail end of the first wave of markets that close up during the fall.  Most weekend markets go until Halloween and soon several winter markets will be cropping up for the holidays. So even though we close I still see evidence of harvest and bounty all around us. I also get a bit saddened that I will not have the weekly frequency of seeing the people, businesses, and organizations I have come to enjoy.  But most of me is excited as most of our vendors you can still get items from all winter long(stay tuned next week as we make our website easier to get a hold of those vendors.).  Plus several of them you will see at Sherman Hospital’s National Food Day market that will be on Thursday, October 24, 11am – 2pm.(More info to follow as well).  Plus there is the fun and joy of planning, recruiting, and getting ready for the 2014 season.  So this is not a goodbye but a temporary shift to other local venues to continue the local foods and local business movement.  See you around Downtown Elgin!

Last update of 2013 of what expect to see, hear, and do at our last market this Thursday:

  • Store up on items for the winter to eat and can from produce, meat, honey, soap, spices, or pick up art, get a bite to eat, or get your knives sharpened by Tony!
  • Get signed up with your vendor to be on their mailing list and get updates or grab a business card (Check out our market website next week with updates on how to contact your favorite market vendors during the winter if applicable)
  • Live Music: James Clipper & Band 11am – 1pm
  • Various health screenings will be available with Alexian Brothers Health Systems and Judge Family Chiropractic, Arborist Bob from Davey Tree will be on hand, and new this week will be The Ecker Center toting their “Festival of Trees” event.



Hi all!

Looks like fall has finally arrived, my favorite time of the year. Not only because of the beautiful changing leaves, lovely weather, and not to mention football season, but because of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are in season such as sweet potatoes, squash, apples, various greens, and of course pumpkins! Because pumpkins are one of the staple fruits of fall, let’s dig into its nutritional benefits.

Pumpkins, also known as the squash fruit, are exceptionally high in antioxidant vitamins. A five pound pumpkin contains about 314% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin A! Benefits of vitamin A include good vision, healthy skin, well developed teeth and bones, and protection from the daily toxic damage of oxidation. It also provides the body with other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, which assist in lowering the risk of cancer, prevention of colds or infections, and protection from free radical damage to cells.

It is a great source of minerals such as calcium, copper, potassium, and phosphorus. Benefits of calcium include maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Copper aids in proper growth of the body and health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes. Potassium is essential for maintenance of blood pressure and renal function. Finally, phosphorus is also beneficial in healthy bone and teeth formation, as well as energy production from proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

We can also find many of pumpkin’s health benefits in just its seeds. According to “The World’s Healthiest Foods” online, pumpkin seeds are high in several nutrients such as manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, protein, zinc, and iron. The seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which allows one to feel full faster and aids in digestion. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that promotes good heart health and regulates cholesterol levels.

So, make sure to take out your favorite pumpkin pie or pumpkin bar recipe and get to baking! And don’t forget to make full use of the entire pumpkin. With the leftover pumpkin seeds, pop them into the oven to be roasted. Simply toss the seeds in a bowl with some melted butter and a little bit of salt, spread them out on a baking sheet, stick them into a 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes and they are done. There are several recipes to include this nutritious, fall fruit! Now get to experimenting!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you on our final market day of the season this Thursday!

– Sarah De Ocampo, Food and Nutrition Associate


Cash & Flash Mob the Market!

cash-mobWe are being taken over by enthusiastic shoppers this Thursday along with you as our regulars or maybe first timers! Join the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Dance It Off With Kim Studio in supporting their semi-annual CASH MOB & FLASH MOB! Read below about what it is about!!

“The cash mob is an event intended to create an influx of revenue for a local business or in this case, businesses!, by organizing a mob of people to go and spend at least $20 on a designated day. It shows our support for the “little guy,” not the big box stores! And this time, we’re mixing it up a bit! Kim and her flash mob will be joining us to mob the market! Make sure you make it down to the Harvest Market at 1:00 to witness our Cash Mob Flash Mob!!! (Feel free to join in by learning dance moves HERE!)

And that’s not all! All mobsters that check in at the Information booth when you enter the Market will receive a $1 off token to use at the vendor of their choice and an “I ❤ Mobs” sticker to show your support of this great event!

But we can’t do this without you… Tell your neighbors, friends and family. Post it on Facebook, Twitter and text it! EYPN “mobs” Elgin establishments twice a year, targeting a different business each time.”

Other updates & happenings at the market this week:

  • Remember to stock up for the winter, sign up for email lists with your favoritefall_foods_2 vendor, and bring your knives to get sharpened!
  • Auntie Vee’s cupcakes will be present and this is the last week for the Mirai Corn. Also Reader’s Apiaries and Grace Studio Farms will be absent this week but back for the last day!
  • “Family Yoga by the River” will have its last FREE session this Thursday 9:30am – 10am by the market and bike path with Daisy Bliss.
  • Kim’s Black Belt Academy will be out at the market 9am – 11am giving information and demonstrations.
  • Dorothy-Labuda-and-Chicagos-Favorite-Strolling-Violinist-at-the-Elgin-Harvest-MarketStrolling Violinist Jennifer Silk will be back 11:30am – 1pm to delight with various tunes!
  • Also Simple Balance Holistic center, Maximized Living/Judge Family Chiropractic, Davey Tree Expert Company, Community Crisis Center, and the Elgin Bicycle and pedestrian Advisory Committee will be out with information and helpful resources!
  • Don’t forget to use up your Harvest Market/BMO Harris tokens as well.  Just one more week left of the market!