The best farmers markets in the south suburbs

I kind of have a thing for farmers markets. Perhaps it is because you can not only get awesome produce, organic honey, beautiful plants, free entertainment and sometimes grab lunch, but also because my kids love all the sights and smells these markets have to offer.

I have dubbed these outdoor bazaars Hipster Supermarkets because they are a little slice of hyper local culture with fresh food and reusable bags.

Here is a roundup of some of the best the south suburbs has to offer and that are kid friendly too.

Frankfort Country Market

This is one of the largest markets around. There are over 50 vendors offering produce, dairy, meats, baked goods, honey, salsas and even freshly prepared foods to enjoy right there such as fresh lemonade or strawberry bruschetta. This is one of the highest quality markets as well because not only does it have food vendors, knife sharpening and more, but it also has free entertainment such as music, cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. It is located in historic downtown Frankfort on Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Palos Heights Famers Market

This small outdoor market offers fresh produce, cheese, gorgeous plants and story time for the kids. It is located at the Palos Heights municipal parking lot on Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. This market runs from May through October.

Homewood Farmers Market

This 30-year-old market is in the Homewood Village Hall parking lot on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. This market offers the best of local produce, dairy and artisan bakers.

Mokena Open Air Market

This market is right in the heart of downtown Mokena on Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you want more than fresh produce, this market offers olive oils, spreads and other fancy culinary offerings.

Tinley Park Farmers Market

This market is at Zabrocki Plaza on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-noon. This market offers a wide array of seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, flowers and plants. You could find everything you need to make a fresh dinner.

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