Returning to the Loyola Farmer’s Market this year is Phoenix Bean, who has been a premier supplier of  tofu to the Chicagoland area for over 30 years. Their tofu is hand crafted daily and made locally in Edgewater. “We use only the finest Illinois grown non-GMO soybeans with no additives […]

Phoenix Bean: Locally Crafted Fresh Soy Products


After a long, cold winter and a seemingly longer, colder spring, the 2018 season of the Loyola Farmers Market is here! While we’re looking to seeing some familiar faces at the Market- both vendors and customers – we are also excited for some new changes to the market this year! First, […]

2018 Season Preview: What’s New at the Market?


Summer and weekends with grandpa meant getting up early, breathing in the fresh Wisconsin air, and working hard on the farm for John Patyk, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way.  His special childhood memories with his grandparents made him realize his dream: to own a farm of […]

Patyk Farm: Family Farming at its Finest



The Benton Harbor fruit stand has been a favorite at Loyola’s Farmers Market since the market launched in 2011.  The company has been family-ownedand operated since its founding in 1922, and is currently managed by farmer John Thaler and his wife Rose.  John runs three different farms in Michigan.  The […]

Benton Harbor: Fruit Trees and Honey Bees


Being a vendor at the Loyola Farmers Market since its inception, Stamper Cheese is a real original. Bret Stamper, the owner of Stamper Cheese, boasts about the art of cheese making, “We age them to reveal deeper, spectacular flavors waiting to be unlocked.  These aged cheeses cannot be found elsewhere.  […]

The Art of Stamper Cheese


  Vegetarian Express, commonly called Tamales Express, is well known at the Loyola Farmers Market for their delicious food.  Run by Raul Diaz, Vegetarian Express has been offering fresh-cooked dishes for both vegetarians and meat-eaters at the Loyola Farmers Market since 2013. With tasty food options ranging from vegetarian or […]

Vegetarian Express: Food Everyone Will Love



Farmer Nick’s is back at the Market for the second year.  Founded by Nick Janovski 16 years ago, they provide pasture raised beef, pork, poultry, and eggs.  His family farm raises his livestock without the use of antibiotics or animal byproducts.  They are currently located in Spring Grove, Illinois. His […]

Farmer Nick’s: Sustainable Meat is Not an Oxymoron


This year’s farmers market will undoubtedly be a great one, with a number of exciting new daily vendors and fun events planned throughout the summer. There are a few people, however, that ensure that the market runs smoothly and that customers have the best possible experience every Monday afternoon. This […]

Meet the new 2017 Farmers Market Management Team!


Oatmeal raisin cookies. When you typically bite into an oatmeal raisin cookie, your first thought is, “Ah! This isn’t chocolate chip?!” But, when you bite into Kate Merrill’s oatmeal raisin cookie, you think, “Oh, THIS is how a cookie should taste. This is the best.” Want in on a secret? […]

Kate’s Cookies: Recipe for Sweet Success



Diane Mejia, owner and pastry chef of Mindful Baking, developed her specialty baking skills in pastry school. During this time, she discovered she was gluten and lactose intolerant. Instead of giving up on her flour-filled dreams, she decided to take the task of baking gluten-free and vegan goods. Mindful Baking […]

Mindful Baking: More than Dietary Restrictions