It must be spring, when the last indoor farmers market gives way to the first downtown market outside.

Tomorrow, April 28, is the last of the weekly indoor markets at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 N. McCormick Blvd., from 8 a.m. until noon.

Then next Saturday, May 5, the larger downtown market, located behind the Maple Avenue garage and the Hilton Garden Inn, will make its seasonal debut as it opens from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an estimated 58 vendors, selling fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items.

The parking is not only convenient, but it’s free, with validation, at the Maple Avenue garage.

The downtown market will be open every Saturday, with the final market of the season on Nov. 3, which, incidentally, is the last day of Daylight Savings Time.

The city reminds everyone to leave their pets and other live animals at home, although legitimate service animals will be permitted.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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