Monday, September 03, 2012

A Market with soul

One of my favorite things about summer in this area is the abundance of Farmers Markets and meeting the people that grow our food.

Recently I caught up with organic farmer Phil Bardell of Chestnut Cliff Farm
 located in Freeport Il.

Phil and I talk about a purple fingerling potato with an interesting shape.

An easy person to talk to, kind and generous, Phil's stand is one of the more popular in the market.

The variety and quality of his produce bring people back every year.

Peaches from Phil's Peach trees and the trusty scale that weighs them.

Just a few spots down is the produce and herb stand run by Cindy and Dave
 from Juda Springs Farm, Juda, Wisconsin.

All of the heirloom tomatoes that I grow for my own use were purchased this year as small tomato plants from Cindy and Dave in early May.

You can be sure that what you find here is the best selection of what they grow, and all without the use of chemicals.
This week there was an abundance of color, from the buttery yellow patty pan squash and fuscia colored chard, deep green zucchini, and who can resist a lovely assortment of sunflowers.

Dave helps a customer fill her bag.

From early spring to late fall, the North End Farmers Market can be found Saturday mornings on the corner of North Main and Auburn in Rockford, Il.  


  1. Beautiful! Richness and devotion, colors and simple life.

  2. Good eveing, Ramona, it' midnight here now :) nice to see you here and now :)

  3. The potato looks like a baby turtle. :)