2022 Farmers’ Markets in McHenry County

As the days tick by, shorter and shorter, the temps start dipping, and the leaves begin their preview of autumn, the mind turns toward the late summer into winter farmers’ markets. And we are fortunate that farmers’ markets, though fewer, do run year-round in McHenry County. So as you start thinking of fall sweaters and winter coats, just remember that the markets await, no matter the temperature.

McHenry County Farmers Markets Guide

Looking for a farmers market near you? Well just look below in our guide for McHenry County farmers’ markets, broken out by city. We’ll continue to update this guide as we get more information to help you maintain your quest for local goodness, so be sure to bookmark it and return often!

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Please consult the respective informational sources for the most current information as details may have changed since publication or update.

We’ve shaded those markets that need to be confirmed or updated.

Colorful beets at Crystal Lake Farmer's Market
Colorful beets at Crystal Lake Farmer’s Market

Winter Farmers’ Markets

Cary Winter Farmer Markets

Cary Winter Farmer’s Market

Located in building #6 at the Algonquin Township Road District on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month. * First market of 2023 will actually be on Jan. 15th, not the 2nd.

When: Sundays, 9am – 1pm

Location: Algonquin Township Building Bldg #6, 3702 US-14 Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Beginning: October 2, 2022

Ending: April 16, 2023

Information: Details


Make It Yours

Whether you are shopping for your weekly meal planning, grabbing a coffee and some scones, taking in the local entertainment (actual entertainers or the other patrons), or making the rounds through the market, grabbing breakfast nearby, and hitting the shops…make it yours.

Put it on the calendar. Make it a ritual. Consider it quality family time. Maybe even plan to actually meet your neighbor or some friends there.

Whatever you do, I think you may find a sense of grounding within your community. Hopefully, it can become a relaxing, de-stressor for not just your day but your whole week. And ultimately, it may not only help feed your family but also your soul.

Crystal Lake Winter Farmer Markets

Open Air Farmers Market+ At The Dole

Located inside The Dole, this newest entry aims to be part farmers market, part “mini-festival” with music, artists, and food & drinks.

When: Sundays, 10am – 2pm

Location: The Dole, 401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Beginning: November 6, 2022

Ending: April 23, 2023

Information: Details


Huntley Winter Farmer Markets

Huntley Indoor Farmers Market

Located at the Legion Hall, across from the Huntley Town Square.

When: Saturdays, 9am – 1pm

Location: 11712 Coral St, Huntley, IL 60142

Beginning: TBD

Ending: TBD

Information: Details

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Woodstock Winter Farmer Markets

Woodstock Winter Farmers Market

The market is held in Building “D” at the McHenry County Fairgrounds. Along with our usual farm market offerings, we will have several Artisans at each market. The market runs mid-October through April on select Saturdays.

When: Saturdays, 9am – 1pm

Location: 11900 Country Club Rd Building D, Woodstock, IL 60098

Beginning: October 29, 2022

Ending: April 16, 2023

Information: Details


Note: Please consult the respective informational sources for the most current information as details may have changed since publication or update.

Rainbow of tomatoes from Van Laar's Fruit Farm.
Rainbow of tomatoes from Van Laar’s Fruit Farm…just ignore those donuts.

Summer Farmers’ Markets

Cary Summer Farmer Markets

Cary Farmers Market

Located in downtown Cary in the Metra Station parking lot, rain or shine. The Cary Farmers Market is hosted by the Cary-Grove Rotary Club.

When: Sundays, 9am – 1pm

Location: Cary Metra Station Parking Lot, Cary, IL 60013

Beginning: June 5, 2022

Ending: September 25, 2022

Information: Details

Bins of freshly picked potatoes.
Bins of freshly picked potatoes.

Crystal Lake Summer Farmer Markets

Downtown Crystal Lake’s Farmers Market

Located in Depot Park near the Crystal Lake Metra Station, Crystal Lake’s Downtown Farmers Market provides an excellent opportunity for grabbing breakfast or lunch while perusing downtown shops and hitting the market. Live entertainment is often held in the gazebo during the farmers’ market.

When: Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

Location: Depot Park, 90 E Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Beginning: June 18, 2022

Ending: September 24, 2022

Information: Details

People shopping at the Downtown Crystal Lake Farmers Market.
Shopping at the Downtown Crystal Lake Farmers Market.

Open Air Farmers Market+ At The Dole

Located at the grounds of The Dole, this newest entry aims to be part farmers market, part “mini-festival” with music, artists, and food & drinks.

When: Sundays, 10am – 2pm

Location: The Dole, 401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Beginning: May 29, 2022

Ending: October 30, 2022

Information: Details

Rainy dat farmers market.
Takes more than a little rain to keep people away from the farmers market.

Fox Lake Summer Farmer Markets

Fox Lake Farmers Market

Located in downtown Fox Lake.

When: Tuesdays, 3pm – 7pm

Location: 17 E. School Ct. Fox Lake, IL 60020

Beginning: June 7, 2022

Ending: September 27, 2022

Information: Details

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Huntley Summer Farmer Markets

Huntley Farmer’s Market

Located at the Huntley Town Square.

When: Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

Location: Coral St & N Church St, Huntley, IL 60142

Beginning: June 11, 2022

Ending: October 1, 2022

Information: Details

Tiny tomatoes.
Sea of tiny tomatoes from WM Nursery.

It’s About Community

More than just location, but also more than just produce and goods…perhaps farmer markets also fill a nostalgic void. They still serve as a connecting point within the community. It may not always be a “running into your neighbor” kind of thing, but just milling about a farmers’ market with other locals provides a sense of connection.

Living in Madison, Wisconsin for nearly a decade, I spent more than a few Saturday mornings walking around the Capitol square at the farmers market. I’ll confess that often my only purchase was a coffee or mocha and some scones. It was more than just a shopping excursion, it was an event and entertainment, watching the crowd, and often a tour down State Street and back as well.


Marengo Summer Farmer Markets

Marengo Community Farmers Market

Located at Calvin Spencer Park, the Marengo Community Farmers Market is another option for evening farmers markets. Come out for the fresh produce, fruits, and meats, but be sure to stay for the live music and family fun!

When: Fridays, 5pm – 8pm

Location: 351 Hale St, Marengo, IL 60152

Beginning: TBD

Ending: TBD

Information:


McHenry Summer Farmer Markets

Pearl Street Market

Located at Veteran’s Memorial Park in McHenry, this isn’t your everyday farmers market. Have a hard time making “regular” market hours? You’re in luck. The Pearl Street Market is actually held in the evenings, and for maximum enjoyment, it is combined with a concert series that follows the market (7pm – 9:30pm).

When: Thursdays, 5pm – 7:00pm

Location: 3400 Pearl Street, McHenry, IL 60050

Beginning: May 19, 2022

Ending: September 22, 2022

Information: Details


Spring Grove Summer Farmer Markets

Spring Grove Farmers Market

Located at Main Street Park in Spring Grove. This market takes place one day a month on the third Saturday, so be sure to mark it on your calendar!

When: Saturdays, 8am – 12:00pm

Location: 8013 Blivin St, Spring Grove, IL 60081

Beginning: May 21, 2022

Ending: October 15, 2022

Information: Details

Flower arrangements.
No farmers’ market would be complete without some beautiful flower arrangements.

It’s About Location

Farmer markets are heavily reliant on local producers, often within a limited radius of the market itself. Shoppers often look to farmer markets not just for freshness, perhaps organic or more environmentally responsible practices, but also for being locally produced and the sense of community that comes from supporting the markets.

While you can find farmer markets in metropolitan areas, McHenry County is positioned beautifully to truly capitalize on its mixed suburban-rural makeup. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that you are 5 minutes, or less, from the country from anywhere within the county. This means that many of the vendors are often from McHenry County themselves.


Woodstock Summer Farmer Markets

Woodstock Summer Farmers Market

Located around the historic Woodstock Square, the Woodstock Summer Farmers Market is sure to transport you back to a simpler, more relaxed time. The market, one of the largest in the area, is so big that it happens twice a week (see below)! This is a “producers-only market,” which means that everything offered by the vendors must be grown or produced directly by the vendor.

This award-winning market (#1 in Illinois, 5th in America for medium-sized markets, and for good measure, voted Best of the Fox) truly qualifies as an “outing.” Enjoy the market, take in live music from local artists, and enjoy the businesses around the square.

When: Saturdays 8am – 1pm

Location: 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098

Beginning: April 23, 2022

Ending: October 22, 2022

Information: Details


Woodstock Tuesday Summer Farmers Market

Located around the historic Woodstock Square, the Tuesday Farmers Market provides another opportunity, or less crowded opportunity, for your farmers’ market shopping. This is a “producers-only market,” which means that everything offered by the vendors must be grown or produced directly by the vendor.

When: Tuesdays, 8am – 1pm

Location: 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098

Beginning: May 3, 2022

Ending: September 27, 2022

Information: Details

Woodstock Farmers Market.
STOP. And turn right to the Woodstock Farmers Market on the historic square.

Note: Please consult the respective informational sources for the most current information as details may have changed since publication or update.


Soy candles from Lucky Monkey Candle Company.
Soy candles from Lucky Monkey Candle Company of Huntley, IL.

Farmer Markets History

Farmer markets can be traced back to ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago. And in the US, farmer markets actually predate the founding of our country! Of course, in the early days, prior to the proliferation of grocery stores, they served a basic necessity.

Their popularity, like many things, has ebbed and flowed over the decades. With the health craze of the seventies, they experienced a resurgence, and today, we may be experiencing a similar growth pattern. While many grocery stores have added more fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, one thing farmer markets tend to out-deliver them on is locality.


Radishes from Cary Farmers Market.
Farmers Market Radishes.

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  1. What an AWESOME list of all our local farmer’s markets! Thanks for this!

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