Every Saturday morning Jeff Morlock and his daughters drive two and a half hours in order to get to the Evanston Farmers’ Market. When they arrive they unpack the truck, load fresh produce onto tables and wait for the crowd to arrive.
Morlock has been doing this for more than 20 years.
“We make the drive every Saturday because this is a nice market,” the J.W. Morlock and Girls farm owner said.
This year the Evanston Farmers’ Market is competing in the American Farmland Trust’s annual America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest.
According to the competition website, the purpose is to “raise awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from local farms and saving the farmland where it’s them.”
Murray said she knows more than 200 customer names and what food they like.
This is Murray’s fourth season at the market. Her booth started in a corner but has graduated to one of the more central locations.
“Location definitely matters,” Murray said. “Since we moved here, we have seen a lot more foot traffic. Part of it is a rise in attendance and another part is because of our