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French Market brings a touch of Parisian color to Geneva

Aug 06, 2015 02:00PM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Wolf Farms produce: Fresh fruits and veggies as well as potted plants and flowers strait from Dowagiac Michigan

The French Market has been enjoyed in the western suburbs for a number of years. Rolland Bensidoun is to thank for the idea of having French Markets here. Like his father and grandfather before him, he began managing open-air markets in and around France when he was a young man. For almost 60 years, Rolland expanded his operation to more than 60 markets throughout France and the Paris Metropolitan area, introducing his sons, Pascal and Sebastien, to the business.

Six Generation's farm:
 Delicious local produce
from Barrington.

 In 1997, The Bensidouns decided to expand outside of Europe to bring French Markets to the United States. In addition to providing their expertise and resources, they brought a touch of Parisian color to the Midwest. 

Their first effort was the opening of the Wheaton French Market in 1997. Other communities took notice and became interested in this distinctively different type of seasonal marketplace.

French Markets are differentiated from their Farmers market cousins by embellishing on the fresh local food theme with a broader variety of local businesses and artisans presenting their wares.  They also are clearly identifiable by the presence of colorful French Market Canopies installed in the pavement that pop up in towns each week. The canopies are manufactured and imported from France which will certainly be very familiar to anyone that has been to a street market in Paris. Tres Magnifique!

The Geneva French Market opened in the spring of 2003, offering fresh produce, specialty foods, artisan crafts and rare finds from across the country and around the world to the community.  Over the course of the years the market has grown to more than 40 vendors a week and has become a treasured part of the local culture. Public markets are known first and foremost for their fresh assortment of fruits and vegetables. The Geneva market does not disappoint. Each week you can visit Windy Acres Farm from West Chicago, 6th Generation Farm from Southern Illinois, Rustic Road farm from Elburn and also Wolf Farm from Dowagiac, Michigan.

The Geneva French Market also presents diverse offering of specialty foods each week including hot and cold brewed coffees and teas, French Crepes, gourmet doughnuts, pastries, breads and much more. Pad Thai etc. offers delicious asian cuisine and Alice’s Corner offers freshly made empanadas and other South American specialties.

If you wish to bring fresh locally sourced meats and cheese home, be sure to stop at Curd’s and Whey. If you need gluten free products, St. Honore bakery will delight you with a great variety of delicious treats.

Seize the Bead: a wonderful purveyor of handmade jewelry, fair trade goods, rocks, fossils and pennants.

 The market also hosts many wonderful artisans including artwork, crafts, soaps, handmade jewelry, knife sharpening, clothing, garden and home accessories and much more.  There is truly something here for every member of your family.

The market is enhanced by regular events which include children’s activities, weekly entertainment and not-for-profit service organization booths. Bensidoun’s social media pages provide additional information about these events and vendors at twitter.com/BensidounMarket, facebook.com/BensidounFrenchMarket and website at bensidounmidwestmarkets.com for helpful tips about their seasonal produce and items.

The Geneva French Market operates 9am-2pm every Sunday, through November 15th, at their location off South and Fourth Streets.  Stop by this Sunday to see your neighbors and meet a wonderful community of vendors!

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