We're Monarch Maniacs... Are You? Why is the Northbrook Farmers Market concerned about monarch butterflies? Monarchs are the canary in the coal mine. Along with other pollinators such as birds, bees, and ladybugs,
a healthy food system depends upon strong and healthy populations of these hard-working critters. The Farmers Market is leading the charge on the "Let's Make Northbrook a Monarch Way Station" project
because unsustainable farming methods used by agribusiness are causing harm to butterflies and other
That is why only growers who use sustainable farming practices are allowed at the Northbrook Farmers Market. We've teamed up with Monarch Maniacs of Northern Illinois to help residents learn more about healthy ecosystems and to join forces to help save the monarch.Click here for a Proclamation on the topic. We Monarch Maniacs are working to educate people on the need for planting milkweed--the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars. It' s a simple connection: if we do what's needed to save the monarch, we can improve our environment, and we can have sustainable, healthy food systems. So, we are asking Farmers Market patrons to help. How? By planting milkweed (which is NOT a weed), and by learning more about why monoculture, loss of native habitats, ever-increasing use of herbicides and pesticides is not sustainable for the future of our food systems, nor for our world in general. Will you help us save the Monarch?
We Accept Link Cards and We Double the Value
Northbrook Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits at the market and doubles the value up to $25 per day per family. If you are a Link card holder, come to the Welcome Booth to swipe your card and get up to $25 free to spend at the market! We match the amount you withdraw from your account up to $25. No strings attached! To find out if you qualify for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) and how to obtain a Link card, click here. We also accept senior farmers market coupons and WIC vouchers.
Dogs Welcome at the Market Northbrook Farmers Market welcomes dogs at the market. Please first read our guidelines brochure and then use your discretion to make the right choice for both you and your dog.
Our Brochure Read about our history, our mission, and how we are more than just a market!
BYOBags The market encourages shoppers to bring reusable totes and discourages the use of plastic bags. But first, learn more about why it is so important that we reduce the number of plastic bags in our world.
Our 11th Season by the Numbers:
The only all-volunteer run market on the North Shore
Countless number of volunteer hours
Shoppers from over 40 ZIP Codes visit us each season (that we know of)
Average of more than 2,000 visitors a day
$25,000 in free money given away through our food stamp program
60,000 lbs of fresh, wholesome food collected from our vendors and donated to the food pantry
Countless coats, school supplies, books, and monetary donations collected and given to those in need
Numerous recycling, children's educational and cooking/nutrition programs
We Help Local Families in Need We partner with Northfield Township
Food Pantry to collect fresh fruits
and vegetables for distribution
to pantry clients.
At the end of each market day
volunteers collect fresh, locally
grown produce donated by our
farmers. The hard-working volunteers
bring the food to the pantry every
Wednesday afternoon, where oftentimes clients are lined up in anticipation of receiving the fresh produce. Are you interested in helping collect and deliver the food? Please contact us at NorthbrookFarmersMarket@gmail.com.