Local Market Food

Benefits of Local Market Food
Eating locally saves energy - lots of it. In the conventional food system, food travels 1,500 or more miles on average from farm to table.

“Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our refrigerators as our cars. We're consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen - about 17% of our nation's energy use - for agriculture, a close second to our vehicular use. If every U.S. citizen ate just 1 meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. Small changes in buying habits can make a big difference.” -Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

By shopping from our neighbors, we keep our money in our community. We reduce the travel distance of our food. We get better quality, more nutritious vegetables. There is no packaging, no marketing and no trans fats.

Batavia Farmer's Market
The Batavia Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday, June 27th. Each Saturday morning, ride your bike downtown and stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and meats. Visit the Batavia Farmer’s Market each Saturday morning for fresh produce.

Planting Green Ideas
You will also find a new addition: "Planting Green Ideas" by Batavia Mainstreet. This booth will help us live more sustainably in Batavia. Each Saturday will provide information on a different topic - recycling, biking, watershed protection, composting, seed collecting, and bird watching.

Geneva Green Market

This market is truly dedicated to local foods. All vendors supply foods grown within a 200 mile radius and most food is produced within 50 miles. This organization also hosts numerous classes for healthym sustainable living. For more information, please visit the Geneva Green Market website.

Local Food Location & Information
Name Location
Operation Dates
Hours
Batavia Farmers' Market
South Water Street between Wilson Street and First Street
June 27 - October 10th
Saturdays
8 a.m. - Noon
Aurora Farmers' Markets
Route 25 - Aurora Transportation Center
June 20 - August 25
Saturdays
8 a.m. - Noon
Bethany of Fox Valley UMC
Opposite Rush-Copley Heart Institute
July 7 - August 25
Tuesday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
West Plaza
Galena & Edgelawn
July 8 - August 26
Wednesday
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Geneva Green Market
75 N River Lane, Geneva
June 4 - October 29
Thursdays
7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Charles Farmers' Market
Baker Memorial United Methodist Church,
4th Avenue and Main Street
June 5 - October 30
Fridays
7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Other Options for Local Foods
Heritage Prairie Market
This really is more than a market. It’s more than a farm. They have classes and camps. They have incubating eggs, baby goats, a chrysalis waiting to open. It is community of people bringing ideas for living and local food home to us. For more information, please visit the Heritage Prairie Farm website.
  • Address:
      2N308 Brundige Road
      Elburn, IL 60119
  • Phone: 630-443-825
  • Location: 2 miles west of Randall Road on Route. 38, turn left on Brundige, the 1st farm on the right.
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pawloski’s Farm Stand
They expect to open closer to August. Debbie Pawlowski sells produce from her own garden plus corn and vegetables from a farmer in Hampshire, IL. She has a nice, large selection and good quality. Last year she carried Maryanne Viereckl’s honey too.
  • Address: 2S833 Hart Road
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Windy Acres
This time of year they sell veggies shipped in from all over the country. They fly in fruits from California and Washington. Soon they truck in tomatoes from Kentucky until ours ripen here. If you want to buy local produce, you will need to ask about the food’s origin. As the summer progresses, they will sell more locally grown food.
  • Address: 37W446 Fabyan Parkway
  • Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Kane County Sheriffs Inmate Garden
This farm stand is opening later this season. The garden is maintained by female inmates and gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Office.
  • Address: 777 East Fabyan Parkway
Natural Direct Delivery
Natural Direct delivers organic and natural produce to your door once a week. They provide local food too when it is available. Ann Gerardi writes, "They have always been friendly, flexible, reliable and the quality has been great. I've used them for a year now." For more information, please view the Natural Direct website.
  • Address: Oswego, Illinois
  • Phone: 630-551-7878
Community Supported Agriculture
The Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership with a farmer to get fresh local produce weekly. Below are 3 good choices.

Green Earth Institute
Subscriptions are available in November. Typically they sell out by spring. For more information, please visit the Green Earth Institute website.
  • Address:
      10S404 Knock Knolls Road,
      Naperville, IL 60565-5447
  • Phone: 630-664-5681
Erehwon Farms
For more information, please visit the Erehwon Farms website.
  • Address:
      968 Pattee Avenue,
      Elburn, IL 60119
  • Phone: 630-485-9964
Angelic Organics
Subscriptions are available from August to October. For more information, please visit the Angelic Organics website. Delivery to a Geneva drop-off location.
  • Address:
      1547 Rockton Road,
      Caledonia, IL 61011
  • Phone: 815-389-2746