DeKalb to host Winter Farmers’ Market

By Olivia Willoughby

The Winter Farmers’ Market will bring DeKalb County nun tarts, live music and homemade goods Saturday.

The farmers’ market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 158 N. First St. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb (UUFD), will host the event and sell homemade items and fresh produce. Dan Kenney president-elect of the UUFD Board of Trustees and coordinator of the event said the market will be educational, teaching people about eating locally grown food and making good eating decisions.

“We have almost 30 vendors,” said Kenney . “There’s a used book sale, fresh hot food and artisans from DeKalb County.”

Kenney said over 200 people attended the 2010 market, making it a great turnout.

“It’s been very well-attended and the number of vendors has doubled,” Kenney said. “We’ll probably have 200 to 300 people. They have a really good time and enjoy the music and calming atmosphere.”

UUFD Volunteer Heath Johnson will perform live music with his friends Nathan Dettman and Jessica Brown. Johnson said trio will cover popular music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘90s as well as perform their original folk and acoustic songs.

“I’m absolutely excited,” Johnson said. “The music really livens up the atmosphere and the people really seem to enjoy it.”

Johnson said people should look forward to nun tarts, brought by Fraternité Notre-Dame , 502 N. Central Ave in Chicago.

“They’re a group of nuns that bake these amazing tarts and pastries,” Johnson said. “Everyone raves about nun tarts.”

During each market, the nuns always sell out of their pastries, Kenney said.

“People ask ‘Are the nun tarts going to be back?'” Kenney said. “They always bring a large amount, and they always sell out.”

Kenney said the money the nuns raise from their tarts helps them run their soup kitchen in Chicago.

The farmers’ market will also support DeKalb County’s economy.

“By supporting locally produced goods, we keep 60 percent of profits circulating in our own community,” Kenney said. “When you buy from big businesses, 60 percent leaves the economy. During this difficult time, it’s important to support the local economy, businesses, artisans and farmers.”

Johnson said he wants to do everything he can to support the community’s development.

“They put a lot of their creative energy into making their products,” Johnson said. “I think it’s very important that people are aware of the meat and produce that are produced locally. There’s a lot of high quality, locally produced goods.”