With all the cold weather this spring, you might think it would never happen — but opening day for the Downtown Evanston Farmers Market is just a month away.

The market will open for its 38th season on Saturday, May 4. Market hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 2.

The market now has more than 50 vendors offering fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, flavored oils, pasta and bakery items, as well as flowers and plants.

The downtown market is located at the intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue, behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Free parking is available in the adjacent 1800 Maple Avenue garage with ticket validation at the City of Evanston tent.

Special events are featured throughout the season and unique artwork by “Home Grown Artists” will be showcased and sold on select dates. Reusable bags are sold on site and Illinois Link cards are accepted.

Dogs are not allowed at the market, except for service animals.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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