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June 1: Farm Market opens for the summer

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 31, 2023

Summer is right around the corner, and the Farm Market at College of Lake County (CLC) is opening to provide the community with locally grown plants and produce. Starting Thursday, June 1, the market will be open every Thursday from 3-5:30 p.m. through October.

People shopping at the farm marketProduce sold at the market is organically grown at CLC’s Grayslake Campus. Tended to by staff and student workers, the products are harvested the day of or the previous day for maximum freshness.

"All the produce at the farm is grown using organic and sustainable methods,” said Horticulture Lab Coordinator Melanie Bromberek. “Since we don't have to ship it anywhere, everything is super fresh and has a better flavor and shelf life than most things at the grocery store. We also grow a lot of unique and heirloom varieties that are hard to find anywhere else."

In addition to fresh vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs and teas are available for purchase.

"Last year we didn’t know the market; however this year we are more focused on producing what the customers need around here,” said Saul Rico, a student worker in horticulture.

Overflow produce is donated to CLC’s Share Market, a place where students can find free food and supplies if they need it. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. For more information or with any questions, email Melanie Bromberek at or visit the Facebook page (@clchorticulture) or Instagram (@clccampusfarm). For details on the college’s horticultural programs, visit 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.