2021 Farmers Markets in McHenry County

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.

Jump to the McHenry County Farmers Markets Guide

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

If you know of or are connected with a local farmers market in McHenry County that we’ve missed, we’d love your help getting them added to the list. Please hop over to our contact page and send us as much information as you have, even if it is just a link to a website for the market.

Radishes from Cary Farmers Market.
Farmers Market Radishes.

Algonquin Farmer Markets

Downtown Algonquin Farmers Market

Located in downtown Algonquin at the intersection of S Main St & Washington St.

When: Sundays, 9am – 3pm

Location: Downtown Algonquin, S Main St & Washington St, Algonquin, IL 60102

Beginning: May 2, 2021

Ending: October 31, 2021

Information: Information welcome, McHenry Life Event Listing

Cary 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 6, 2021

Ending: September 26, 2021

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

Cary Farmers Market information.
Credit: Cary-Grove Rotary Club

Crystal Lake Farmer Markets

Downtown Crystal Lake’s Farmers Market

Located in the 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 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 5, 2021

Ending: September 25, 2021

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

Crystal Lake Farmers Market sponsors and details.
Credit: Downtown Crystal Lake

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 (*except June 27 & July 4th)

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

Beginning: June 6, 2021

Ending: September 26, 2021

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

The Dole Farmers Market+ logo.
Credit: The Dole

Huntley Farmer Markets

Huntley Farmers Market

Located at the Huntley Town Square.

When: Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

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

Beginning: May 29, 2021

Ending: October 9, 2021

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

Marengo 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: April 16, 2021

Ending: October 8, 2021

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

Marengo Community Farmers Market flyer.
Credit: Marengo Community Farmers Market.

McHenry 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, 4pm – 7:30pm

Location: 3400 Pearl Street, McHenry, IL 60050

Beginning: June 10, 2021

Ending: End of September

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

Pearl Street Market Vendor List.
Credit: Pearl Street Market

Woodstock 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! 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 & Tuesdays, 8am – 1pm

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

Beginning: April 4, 2021 (Saturdays), June 1, 2021 (Tuesdays)

Ending: October 23, 2021 (Saturdays), September 28, 2021 (Tuesdays)

Information: Website, McHenry Life Event Listing

Woodstock Farmers Market logo.
Credit: Woodstock Farmers Market

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

If you are connected with any of these or any other local McHenry County farmers market, we’d be happy to correct, update, or add your information. Please hop over to our contact page and send us your information. We also invite you to add or claim your free Directory listing (if appropriate) or your free Event listing for your market.

President and Founder of Identity Developments, LLC, the parent company of the McHenry Life website. My hope for McHenry Life is to create a resource and destination for the residents and businesses of McHenry County alike. A place where residents can discover new places to explore, fun events and ways to spend time, and then share those experiences with others. A place where businesses can connect with existing and potential customers, and not simply market their businesses, but share their own unique stories.

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

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