Looking for a one-stop-shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and much more, but you do not want to support a large corporation? Well, the French Market at Village Hall may be just the place for you.
The 2012 New Lenox French Market will run every Saturday from now through Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the south parking lot of .
Here are some of the vendors at the 2012 New Lenox French Market:
Stamper Cheese: Based out of Chicago, this cheese company is the 'only cheese seller that you can find here,' according to employee Tim Nystrand. "We sell a lot of great artesianal cheeses from southern Wisconsin that are really hard to find outside of the state." Nystrand said.
MTG Health Living: Marilyn Garapolo sells products that are 'healthier for the environment,' including green cleaners along with nutritional and weight loss products. "I like to educate people, so if they have nutritional questions, I can help them become healthier," Garapolo said.
Pampered Chef: Laurie Phillips markets kitchen items at this stand that a mother 'can come home after work, and make a meal within a half an hour.'
State Gardens: This stand specializes in selling both vegetables and flowers. "Not many markets have this unique combination," said owner Art Hollinger.
New Lenox Public Library: As people walk by this stand they will most likely hear the question "do you have a library card?" from either Barbra DiLorenzo or Emma Jankowski. They were also promoting their downloadable books for both Kindles and Nooks that are free from the library's website.
Sonoma Farms: Not one to purchase food before trying it first? At the Sonoma Farms stand, Dominic Senese allows customers to sample some of the pasta sauces that they sell. "There are very few competitors that flavor their olive oils, and have a whole Italian product line like we do," Senese said.
Nature's Pasture sells 100% grass-fed beef and pork, so customers get to eat meat from cows 'the way they were meant to be raised,' according to owner Jim Manser. "Chicken and pork are allowed to roam humanely, and you can just taste the difference in the meat," Manser said.
Dan-Dee Creations: Mother, daughter combo Dorthy and Laura Toren work together to make gourmet dip mixes that include breads, brownies, no-bake cheesecakes and more.
Zeldenrust Farms: Based out of Chicago Heights, this stand sells 'a little bit of everything,' according to employee Tommy Stallinga. More specifically, fruit and vegtetables take up their entire table.
Specialty Rice Crispy Treats: Yes, this stand is what it sounds like. "All of the material on top of the treats, are white marshmellow fondent," explained owner Rachel Long. All of the treats are currently made from Long's own house, yet she aspires to open her own bakery soon.
Hahn's Bakery has four different types of scones, which is their most popular seller, along with brownies, cinnamon rolls, butter cookies, breads, dinner rolls and more baked goods at their stand.
Boy Scout Troop 755 of the New Life Church tries to raise money for their troop to go camping and do other projects by selling soda and water. This is their second year coming to the market.
EnJoi Bake Shop, Cafe & Catering: Based out of Morris, pies, ten different types of bread, cookies, cakes and more are sold at their stand. "Everything is homemade from the pie dough to the batter that we use," said employee Tom Chellson.