Farmers markets are in full force and locally we have two markets, Brookfield on Saturday morning and Riverside on Wednesday afternoon. The markets are good, not only for what you can get but the social aspect. And they're just plain fun.
The markets have grown to carry a variety of items, not just corn, tomatoes, peaches and the like. Husband Joe and I have been known to purchase fresh doughnuts at the Oak Park Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Mario's Spaghetti Sauce in Brookfield, but our "must" purchase is Carey Corn at the Riverside market.
Carey Corn is from the kitchen of Riversider Liz Carey and it's a popular item. Carey Corn started in March 2018 although making popcorn was something she had been doing for many years.
As a child, she remembers her parents always making the treat and it was only natural that she became the next generation of popcorn makers. Until starting Carey Corn, she made her product just for friends until requests started to come in to make her popcorn for events and parties. Encouraged by her husband, Tim, Carey Corn became a business and it has grown.
She refers to her popcorn as "plain, basic popcorn," lightly buttered and salted. Everything is fresh and there are no preservatives. Whatever she sells at the Riverside Farmers Market on Wednesday she makes on Tuesday.
Carey received some tips on packaging from Patty Miglore at Aunt Diana's, which has long been selling flavored popcorn. She purchases the kernels of corn through Riverside Foods, which gets the organically grown product from Nebraska.
When asked where she sees the business going, Liz Carey says she hasn't quite thought about that yet. Rather, she is content to be a one-woman show happily making popcorn which makes for happy customers.
She enjoys being creative with small bags that are used as favors at parties. To learn more about Carey Corn contact Liz at email@example.com or better yet stop at the Riverside Farmers Market on Wednesday to purchase a bag. They come in small, medium or large sizes. The Koseys now purchase a large bag, and you will know why once you give it a try.
The Riverside Farmers Market is on Wednesday afternoons in Centennial Park near the Water Tower in downtown Riverside from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Brookfield's Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall.