Sunny skies, low humidity, and temperatures in the 70s made for a picture-perfect environment for the two farmers markets that were open in Evanston Wednesday afternoon.

The Central Street Green Market, located at Independence Park, two blocks west of Green Bay Road, opened its 2012 season from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Top: Entrance to the Grand Promenade of the Central Street Green Market. Above:Vendor Danika Proctor, right, of Lake Breeze Organics, chats with customer Thea Wilson over the Red Russian kale.

Meanwhile, the Ridgeville Market, at Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard, was open for the second Wednesday of the current season, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And next week, a third Wednesday market will be open at the McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These three complement the two Saturday markets—the downtown market, which opened in May in the parking lot behind the Hilton Garden Inn, and the West End Ethnic Market, which opens its 2012 season June 30 at Church Street and Dodge Avenue.

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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