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