Sunday, October 3, 2010

Highwood: A Trip To The Evening Farmers Market

One of my favorite towns on the North Shore is Highwood. Drive through Highwood on any given night of the week and the town is packed. I challenge you to even find a parking spot.

There are more 5 and 4 star restaurants in this town including Froggy's, Gabriel's Restaurant, Miramar, Del Rios and Carlos on the fringe.

I hopped off the train and went to the Highwood Farmers Market. I love the fact that this market runs from 4-8 PM. Most people work and can’t get to a Farmers Markets during the day.

It had an area set up with tables and chairs and food vendors were busy feeding the ravenous crowd. It was, by the way, totally packed.

These delicious pies are from the Bent Fork Bakery (335 Waukegan Ave) in Highwood, one of the great little shops to visit. Not only do they have a variety of convincing sweet treats but they also sell adorable food related gifts.

The market is so typically Highwood with a strong influence of the Mexican/Italian. It has wine vendors, stalls from some of the trendy little stores...

I even saw the pink cowboy boots I fell in love with at the resale store booth.

The women from the Bocce ball court were busy frying up dough and serving it with a great Antipasto. The bocce ball courts are where the North American Bocce Championships have been held. That is Highwood’s claim to fame along with all of the celebrated restaurants. Highwood has a huge following and there are so many restaurants here that people say are their favorite.

One is as good as the next. That’s why Highwood is called the Restaurant Capital of Illinois.

Bon Appetit!