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Farmers Market Attracts New, Returning Vendors

Buffalo Grove and Prairie View businesses are among those showcased in Buffalo Grove's 2012 market.

This year’s Buffalo Grove farmers market features a mix of returning vendors and first-time sellers, including products from local businesses.

Tom Wilkiel, owner of Buffalo Grove’s coffee bean shop, and Tim Frillman, and heirloom vegetables from his Prairie View home, were among the 26 vendors at the market’s opening day on Sunday.

Both said that they expect the farmers market will help them spread the word about their businesses, which are less than a year old.

By 9:30 a.m., Frillman had sold out of eggs and he said he was pleased with the crowd’s response to his produce, some of which he had picked from his garden early that morning.

“Radishes are going well,” he said in between conversations with shoppers who stopped to ask about and sample his homegrown produce. “Putting a face to your food is huge. People can see the food, they can feel it.”

Wilkiel, who sold fresh roasted whole coffee beans, as well as ground beans and cups of coffee on Sunday, said he expects the farmers market to help him connect with potential customers of .

“A lot of people have said, ‘I know where your store is, I drive by it.’ Hopefully now they’ll stop in,” he said.

Other farmers market products this season include honey, flowers, cheese, baked goods and a variety of produce.

“Now that it’s the third year, it’s word of mouth with vendors that this is one of the better ones to be at,” said Paulette Greenberg, a volunteer farmers market organizer. She said she also visited other suburban farmers market to recruit new vendors who will join the market in the coming weeks, she said.

Greenberg said Sunday morning she was pleased with the crowd of shoppers who came to check out the market. “It’s been pretty steady since 8:00,” she said.

The farmers market continues from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 7.

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