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College's farm market opens June 14

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 13, 2018

The College of Lake County’s farm market will sell CLC-grown fresh produce, honey and cut flowers Thursdays from 3-5:30 p.m. beginning June 14. The market operates on the front lawn of the Horticulture Building, located off Lancer Lane between Brae Loch Road and Washington Street, on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Proceeds help support student internships in the college’s horticulture career programs, including sustainable agriculture.

Produce available includes salad mix, arugula, spring onions, orange and purple carrots as well as red, golden and striped beets, said Matt DeRose, the college’s local foods coordinator. The market also will carry radishes, garlic scapes, kale and collards.Photo of Rosie Schweier at CLC farm market Available herbs include chocolate mint, which can be used in making tea or coffee. Additionally, the market will stock fresh honey from CLC’s apiary (bee colony).

Other produce coming soon includes: cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, celery, beans, onions, leeks, watermelons, musk melons and potatoes (red, purple and Yukon gold). The later-summer selection also will feature broccoli, kale, kohlrabi and eggplant. Besides vegetables, the market will sell flowers such as stock, sunflowers and dahlias.

Photo: Rosie Schweier, a sustainable agriculture major, washes campus-grown lettuce before displaying it at the College of Lake County’s farm market in the summer of 2017.

The garden is located on the east side of the Horticulture Building. Compost for the soil consists of recycled vegetable scraps and coffee grounds from the college’s food service vendor. The garden, in turn, has provided fresh lettuce for the on-campus Café Willow in addition to the farm market. “We have a loyal customer base, and interacting with the community members and being able to provide them with healthy, organically grown food is such a rewarding experience,” said Rosie Schweier, a sustainable agriculture major who is now in her third season of helping manage the market.

The farm market accepts cash, check and credit cards. For more information, visit its Facebook page. For details on the college’s sustainable agriculture program, visit Fall classes begin Aug. 20, and find out more at