Artisans and Farmers Market offers a new world of tastes

I confess I am a complete and total foodie, meaning one obsessed with all things food. I love everything about it. The colors, the combinations, the taste, the overall feeling food gives me. If it’s possible to get high from a meal, I will gladly partake.

This is why I find farmers markets to be damn near as happy as Disneyland. There’s an artisan and farmers market across the street from Marion Knott Studios at the Villa Park Orchards Packing Plant every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is one of the few reasons I’ll head back towards campus on a day-off from classes.

The absolute best part of the farmers market- samples. I never thought I’d see anyone rival Costco in that department, but after a half-hour of meandering through the vendors, I was far from famished.

My favorite vendor is Baba Foods which comes all the way from San Diego. They make the most eclectic and delicious array of hummus and dips I’ve ever tasted. I stupidly introduced myself to their “Three Layer Appetizer” – a heavenly mix of sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, olive oil, pesto, parsley and basil. The last three days have been spent getting spoonful after spoonful in between midterm study breaks

The market is still growing. It started this last summer and every time I visit, I hear whispers from vendors that they were supposed to only remain open through August. But here comes November and there is no word on a closure, so it’s best to hurry over there. Besides, now is the perfect time to pick up some great autumn produce. My personal favorite, the pomegranate, can be found scattered throughout the vendors for less than $2. It’s sinful.

After perusing the produce, be sure to wander over to the baked goods section tucked away in the back corner near the entrance. If you’re feeling even more sinful after a pomegranate, stop by Angel Bites Cookie Co. Since my semester studying abroad in Florence, Itlay, where I became a biscotti connoisseur, I can safely say their biscotti is the most authentic I’ve found in the United States. A bag of six for $3 is a steal.

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