Do you love the taste of locally grown fruits and vegetables, but often find yourself too busy to make it out to the framers’ market?
This year, the Ridgeville Park Districts Farmers’ Market is offering a ‘Buy Local Pre-Ordering Option’ service, in which Evanston residents can pay $20 per week to have a shipment of seasonal produce delivered to their home every Wednesday -- and those who sign up before May 1 can avoid the $3 weekly delivery charge.
Residents who sign up will receive a bag of seasonal offerings, sourced from local growers, every Wednesday between 4:30 and 6 pm, beginning May 30 and lasting through October 10. Subscribers can opt to sign up for delivery any number of times during the 19-week timeframe and can choose to receive only fruits, only vegetables or both.
“Supporting local farmers helps build sustainable communities and helps reduce Evanston’s overall carbon footprint,” reads a Ridgeville Farmers’ Market order form. “The pre-ordering system is designed primarily for people who aren’t currently able to take advantage of the Market’s offering and have desire to buy local and support local growers.”
Buyers can veto certain fruits or vegetables based on preference or allergy concerns, but the Ridgeville Park District warned that those who sign up should not be too picky about what they receive and must be willing to sample a variety of options based on what is ripe at any given time.
The Ridgeville Farmers’ Market will also continue to operate on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until dusk in Ridgeville Park, near the intersection of Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard.
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