Mokena debuts downtown marketplace makeover

May 4, 2015 - storage organizer

There were no Michigan apples or blueberries yet, though Mokena residents began to comfortable adult to a village’s downtown alfresco farmers market, that debuted Saturday.

“We wanted to come and see what it was all about,” pronounced Jay Bogg, of Mokena.

He went with his wife, Maureen Bogg, who pronounced they favourite what they saw, so far, in a marketplace that’s scheduled to run any Saturday into Oct in a downtown Metra parking lot.

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Maureen Bogg pronounced she prefers some-more uninformed furnish being sole rather than internal crafts and other items, such as food storage containers, that were sole in downtown Mokena markets on Saturdays during a prior 3 years.

“This is some-more appealing to us,” Maureen Bogg said. “It should get improved as time goes on.”

Market organizer Merrill Marxman promises it will as a deteriorate will eventually furnish fruits after a comparatively cold spring.

“It has to comfortable up,” he said. “And that’s going to be a while.”

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Marxman expects several forms of fruits, such as peaches and mixed varieties of strawberries, to start nearing in about 3 to 4 weeks. For now, a marketplace facilities other succulent goodies, such as creatively done doughnuts, domestic cheese and uninformed pig from locally lifted pigs.

Those options were excellent for Mokena proprietor Connie Carroll, who sampled and bought pork, uninformed eggs, tamales and pizza.

“(The market) is substantially a best I’ve seen it. There are a lot of new vendors,” she said.

Those new vendors were happy to come to Mokena.

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Beth Lohrey, from a pig-farming family nearby Morris, pronounced a Mokena marketplace is a initial they’ve participated in outward of Morris given they began handling a plantation in 1988.

“So far, it’s a lovable small market,” she said. “Everyone’s unequivocally good and it’s a fun to be here.”

Vendor Richard Ferlazzo, who grows hormone-free saltwater shrimp in Valparaiso, Indiana, pronounced this was a initial year he is offered in markets outward of his home state. He pronounced Saturday’s marketplace in Mokena was “a small delayed since it’s a initial one” though “it was still going flattering good.”

Marxman pronounced it is really critical to keep a vendors happy since there are so many farmers markets now in opposite towns and not adequate farmers who are peaceful to transport to all of them.

“Not any farmers marketplace is going to attain if a encampment doesn’t support it,” he said.

Marxman also organizes a farmers marketplace about 5 miles divided in Frankfort on Sundays and was means to remonstrate some of a vendors from that marketplace to also sell in Mokena.

A prior downtown Mokena marketplace had been run by a Mokena Downtown Merchants Association.

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Charlene Bergman, secretary for a association, pronounced encampment officials sensitive them in Aug that they would no longer be authorised to work their alfresco marketplace downtown.

That marketplace operated on Front Street, that had to be sealed to trade for a morning, since a proviso in a agreement for a village’s prior alfresco marketplace operator, Bensidoun USA, taboo any marketplace from being hold in a Metra parking lot until this year, Bergman said.

She pronounced a association, that consists of about 10 downtown Mokena business owners, still wanted to operated a weekly alfresco market, so she reached out to her church, United Methodist Church, during 10901 LaPorte Road, and they were authorised to work on a five-acre property.

The association’s marketplace operates during a same time as a new downtown farmers market, though Bergman pronounced she hopes a dual can element rather than contest with any other. Both markets underline about 25 vendors, and Bergman pronounced a association’s has some-more internal qualification vendors rather than those offered uninformed furnish like during a downtown market.

She pronounced conjunction she nor a organisation members are dissapoint with encampment officials for forcing their marketplace out of downtown.

Frank Vaisvilas is a freelance contributor for a Daily Southtown.

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