CLC’s weekly farm market back in business

GRAYSLAKE – From rainbow chard to summer squash to zucchini and much more, the College of Lake County’s farm market is back at the Grayslake campus from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Offering organically managed farm-grown produce and herbs, locally produced honey, teas and a variety of cut flowers, the farm market runs every week on the front lawn of the Horticulture Building, located off Lancer Lane between Brae Loch Road (south) and Washington Road (north).

Matt DeRose, local food coordinator at the College of Lake County, planted the garden in early June in the campus greenhouse and fields. It was planted a month late because of the COVID-19 shutdown. The garden is maintained with help from intern and CLC Horticulture student Amma Maya, along with facilities engineer and beekeeper Eddie Popelka.

“The big difference this year is the void left by not having students and volunteers in the garden,” DeRose said in a news release. “We have a lot of people pass through and do some good, tough work for us over the year. The beginner’s mind they bring along grants the garden its vigor. We are missing that, but we are keeping the seat warm for when that person stuck sitting in their house right now can register for a class, come over here and stick a seed in the soil for the first time.”

With the cancellation in May of CLC’s annual and popular plant sale due to the restrictions of COVID-19, CLC donated thousands of vegetable, herb and flower transplants to local Lake County nonprofits, including the Round Lake Area Garden Club, Beacon Place, the Roberti Community House and the Fremont Township Community Garden. These plants were managed during the shutdown by greenhouse staff members Deb Figura and Andy Leuder, along with horticultural department chairman Rory Klick.

For safety, masks are required for entry. Social distance will be maintained via a two-person limit, 6 feet part, under the market tent.

Proceeds from the market support student internships in the college’s horticultural career programs, including sustainable agriculture.

The CLC farm market runs through mid-October. Overflow produce is donated to local food pantries. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

For more information and to subscribe to the weekly farm market newsletter, or visit the Facebook page @clchorticulture or on Instagram @clccampusfarm.

For details on the college’s horticultural programs, visit