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What Do You Want at the Front Street Market?

Local vendors? Local history? Music? Just farm produce? Tell us what you would like to see at the Front Street market currently being planned.

Mokena's 10-year-old French Market is no more, thanks to .

Now what do you want to see at the new Front Street market?

The village has given its unofficial blessing to a group of Front Street merchants who made their pitch to run a farmers market downtown.

The planners, who include the owners of , and more, are working to pull together a market by May.

What do you want to see there? Just produce? Local stores? Music? Local history? Tuvan throat singers?

Put your downtown market wish list in the comments below. As Mayor Joe Werner told the merchants during Monday's meeting, "We want you to say, 'This is what represents Mokena.'"

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Are you a vendor interested in the Front Street market? Contact Barb Bergman at .

David Molinari March 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I would love to see more "Mokena" in the market. Perhaps a booth for the Mokena Historical Society. Pehaps the Friends of the Library could have a booth for a book sale every sat. Entertainment schedules would be nice. The Market could sponsor a Historical tour of the Village and surrounding sites. an out door area for people to sit and enjoy coffee and other food items. I have great hopes and expectations for the Market! Let's Support Local business and get the word out...Go Front Street!
tess March 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Here is Mokena's chance to show other communities what a Front Street Market should look like! Consider offering a blend of local businesses "showing off" good old fashioned farm town charm with authentic food and beverage booths, fresh cut flowers, fresh fruits and veggies, a Historical tour is a must (walking, trolly or horse drawn carriages!) and of course, entertainment for kids of all ages such as music, sack races, hula hoop contests, games (something like a mini fair every Saturday). Not only will you bring our own Mokena neighbors out for the day, but you WILL attract our neighboring communities as well especially if you change the hours to 9am until 3pm. Looking forward to supporting Front Street!
Carol Theodorou March 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I would like to see fresh fruits and vegetables, along with some fresh flowers. I like the ideas that others said about making it like a mini fair every Saturday with a little something for everyone. I would mostly go for competitively priced fruits and vegetables.
Mokgrl March 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Every year I look forward to buying the fresh vegatables. I would like to see fresh brewed coffee, fresh baked breads, packaged "entertainment" foods such as dip mixes, salsa, olives and cheeses. Maybe a wine vendor and also chocolate!
DomeHome March 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Get local activity groups involved. One week it could be LW East or Central(the jazz band?) or even selling some of the stuff they grow or make. One week the VFW or Lions or the Library, Chamber of Commerce,Park District, the Churches, etc. This along with the fruit, veggies, flowers, and all the comments above! Ask for volunteers to help make it a success.
Jill March 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The popcorn guy: Kernal Sweettooth, I think it was. Bedding plants & fresh cut flowers at "reasonable" prices. This would be GREAT for Tony's Villa Rosa to sell pizza by the slice, on the street, which in turn, will push people into his shop for other snacks & goodies. Fresh baked breads, cheeses, fresh fruits & veggies from our local farm on 191st Street : at reasonable prices. Dave's place can sell more of their whirlee thingies! Let ANY Mokena business join in if they have something to offer or sell. The possibilities could be endless!
Mokena Mike March 29, 2012 at 03:55 AM
How about having Burros and Jr. Griffins tryouts in the parking lot while parents shop for cheeses and produce?
Paul Dailing March 30, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Always a pleasure, Mike. Always a pleasure.

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