Vendors Wanted for ‘Market at the Park’ - Village of Orland Park’s 2017 Farmers’ Market

Vendors Wanted for ‘Market at the Park’ - Village of Orland Park’s 2017 Farmers’ Market
Posted on 03/23/2017

A summertime favorite in Orland Park is getting revamped and renamed as the Orland Park Farmers' Market becomes Market at the Park.

Traditionally held Friday mornings outside of the Orland Park Civic Center, the market will now happen every Thursday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Crescent Park, 9750 Crescent Circle, near the 143rd Street Train Station.

"The village has hosted its Friday morning market at the Village Center for the past 16 years and it had a good run," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We are excited to offer something new in the evening to make it more convenient for more people to visit the market."

Market at the Park is seeking vendors for its 2017 season, beginning May 25 and ending on August 31. Market at the Park will feature more traditional farmers' market items with a focus on food and handcrafted pieces.

Village Trustee Kathy Fenton first proposed Orland Park's Farmers' Market in 2001.

"The village likes to offer events that give that small town community feel," Fenton said. "The Farmers' Market is a great example of this, reminiscent of when early residents would shop the stores in Old Orland and see friends along the way. It has become a fun gathering event."

Vendors interested in selling at Market at the Park can find the criteria list on the vendor application. Products for consideration include fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, sauces, meats, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, nuts and other gourmet foods, pet foods, cut flowers, potted plants and garden accessories, as well as artistic and organically produced products including glass, jewelry and sculpture.

Re-sellers are not permitted.

"The essence of a traditional farmers' market is to provide fresh, hand-made and home-made goods that are unique," said Nancy Flores, Director of Recreation. "We are asking that all our vendors offer goods that are produced, made or grown directly by each vendor. Our hope is to make Market at the Park a wonderful summer destination where you're sure to find unique artisanal goods and gourmet foods."

Guests at Market at the Park will also be treated to live entertainment. Each week will feature a band or musical group performing under the pergola at Crescent Park. Food and alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.

"The Thursday evening markets at Crescent Park will make it convenient for more families to shop the market and enjoy everything that the Recreation Department has planned each week," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "We invite everyone to visit the new market when it opens for the season on Thursday, May 25."

Vendors interested in participating in Market at the Park are encouraged to reserve space now, as space is limited.

For application information contact Doreen Biela, Special Events Manager, at or 708-403-6266.