Local Market Food

Benefits of Local Market Food

Eating locally saves energy - lots of it. In the conventional food system, food travels 1,500 or more miles on average from farm to table.

"Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our refrigerators as our cars. We're consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen - about 17% of our nation's energy use - for agriculture, a close second to our vehicular use. If every U.S. citizen ate just 1 meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. Small changes in buying habits can make a big difference." -Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

By shopping from our neighbors, we keep our money in our community. We reduce the travel distance of our food. We get better quality, more nutritious vegetables. There is no packaging, no marketing and no trans fats.

Batavia Farmers' Markets

The Batavia Farmers' Market runs from June through October on River Street in Batavia. Ride your bike or walk to the Market and enjoy over 30 different regular vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more, plus weekly pop-up vendors. On 3rd Saturdays – they feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers.

Batavia Farmer's Market – Indoor

The Batavia Indoor Market is located at Gaetano's/Verita Batavia from October through May. The market is hosted by Batavia MainStreet, a community based organization and not-for-profit devoted to enhancing the downtown through volunteer efforts. This market features 8 to 12 unique vendors selling produce, baked goods, artisan products, plants, honey and related farm products.

For more information check out their Facebook Page

Local Food Location & Information

NameLocationOperation DatesHours
Batavia Farmers' MarketRiver Street, Downtown BataviaJune - OctoberSaturday
8 a.m. - 12
Batavia Farmers' Market-IndoorGaetano's/Verita', 15 E Wilson Street, BataviaNovember - MaySaturday
9 a.m. - 12
Aurora Farmers Market65 Water Street, Downtown AuroraJune-mid OctoberSaturdays
8 a.m.- 12
Aurora Farmers Market2131 W. Galena Boulevard, Aurora 60506 (located in the former West Aurora Walmart parking lot)July - mid SeptemberWednesday
12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Geneva French MarketMetra parking lot located at Fourth & South Streets in Downtown GenevaApril - NovemberSunday
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Geneva Green Market
(Winter Market)
First Congregational Church, 327 Hamilton Street, GenevaNovember- AprilSaturday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Charles Farmers' MarketBaker Memorial United Methodist Church, 4th Avenue and Main StreetJune-OctoberFriday
8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
St. Charles Farmers' MarketBaker Memorial United Methodist Church, 4th Avenue and Main StreetNovember-MayFriday
9 a.m.- 12

Other Options for Local Foods

Green Earth Harvest

Green Earth Harvest uses the community supported agriculture, or CSA, approach as one of the main methods of selling the produce we grow at McDonald Farm in Naperville. Formerly called Green Earth Institute. Subscriptions are available in November. Typically they sell out by spring.

Heritage Prairie Market

 Heritage Prairie Farm is a Certified Organic Farm located in Elburn, IL. Along with farming, they are proud to be an all-inclusive Wedding Venue. You can find their raw honey and organic produce in their Farm Store, at local restaurants and grocery stores, and at weekly Farmers Markets. Along with hosting weddings, the farm is also host to private events, monthly farm dinners, and other seasonal farm activities. Also offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares.

Mighty Greens Farm

They are a family-owned farm in Elburn, IL. They participate in the Winter Markets at Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles. During the summer you can find them at the St. Charles and Geneva Market. They also run a year-round Greens Program, a seasonal CSA program and sell to local restaurants. We grow micro and petite greens year-round in our heated greenhouse and a wide variety of delicious veggies during the growing season. We grow everything to the highest organic standards. We never spray our crops with any pesticides (synthetic or organic). We take great pride in maintaining the integrity of our soil.

Windy Acres

This is a family farm on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. Their stand is open from April to mid November. They carry flowers, produce, and host a fall festival. They have been serving the community for over 30 years. Also offers CSA Shares.

Rustic Road Farm

Located in Elburn, Rustic Road Farm grows organic produce, heirloom pigs and goats. They also producing organic honey and organic eggs. They also sell produce at the Wheaton and Geneva French Markets. Operates farm market at location and has a CSA program.

Angelic Organics

Angelic Organics, located in Caledonia, Illinois, is one of the oldest Community Supported Agriculture farms in the United States. Angelic Organics has grown produce in accordance with organic and biodynamic principles since 1990. Check website for local drop-off locations.