Farm Stories Captivate at Library

We could have listened for hours to the tales, but alas the library had to close up for the evening. Friends of the Northbrook Farmers Market hosted "Stories from the Farm" at Northbrook Public Library Monday, when two farmers talked about their contrasting and sometimes similar experiences tilling the land.
More than three dozen people attended the talk, many of them farmers-market "regulars" and some not. Many asked interesting questions, such as, what's the difference between aquaponics and hydroponics (there is a difference), and what do you do with microgreens.
Both speakers are vendors at Northbrook Farmers Market.
Fifth-generation farmer, Kyle Froehlich, grew up on his parents' farm and in 2012 started his own farm in southwest Michigan. The other speaker, Rich Olsen, left the corporate world to grow certified naturally grown microgreens and other vegetables in Woodstock
Froehlich spoke about his grandfather showing him around and the late night hours spent washing and packing fruit. "His love for farming really came through and people responded to his heartfelt descriptions," said Jill Franklin, reference librarian.
Olsen, who grew up in Northbrook, talked about transitioning to rural life (more aching muscles, for one). He showed slides of how over the last 4 years of farming he has amended the clay soil with organic material to make it nutrient rich. He also talked about how he learned to use preferred bugs to reduce plant-eating bugs, thus avoiding pesticides that keep tomatoes healthy for human consumption.


Welcome to the 2019 Season!






Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June 19 to October 9

Cherry & Meadow,

downtown Northbrook

Who We Are:
Northbrook Farmers Market is operated by the Northbrook Farmers Market Association, an all-volunteer, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Illinois. We work hard to bring you the best market possible!

Northbrook Farmers Market Association
Board of Directors
Dale Duda, President/Market Manager 
Charles Mann, Treasurer
Julie Brame, Secretary
Irv Leavitt, Publicity
Carol Currie
Mady Fern
Adrienne Felder

Our Mission
Our mission is to support local farmers, producers and artisans by providing an economic outlet, and to serve the greater Northbrook area by making available for purchase fresh, high-quality produce and other locally made goods for the benefit of all. 

Our Goal
Our goal is to educate residents on the benefits of buying locally, eating healthy, and living green, as well as supporting local farming families and entrepreneurs.​​