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French Market-Geneva

tony | May 19, 2003 12:10 PM

This location of the French Market was on hiatus for a few years until they could find a more appropriate location. While it's not exactly a destination type market yet, it's still early in the season for vegetables and I assume they will be getting more vendors as the season progresses. There was only about three vendors of fruits and vegetables, one woman selling healthy looking heirloom tomato plants and other exotics, Hahns Bakery of Geneva which does some nice German stuff including an excellent pretzel bread and two guys selling cookies. We tried a oatmeal with raisins and ginger. They make cookies in both thick and soft and thin crispy and flat varieties, a nice touch. We also bought a slice of marble cake from a nun who was there raising money for a city soup kitchen.

The rest of the stuff here is your garden variety tschotchkes one would find at a local art fair such as a sparkly dragonfly on stick you might put in the ground, a spiced lemonade mix for 4 dollars and someone selling pampered chef gear and bamboo grafts in small glass vases with water and rocks.

The French Market in Wheaton, which has been going for several years, actually had a good selection last year of fresh fruit, veg, baked goods and a man selling a surprisingly numerous group of French cheeses along with some odd melons. So hopefully the Geneva one will fill out as the season progresses.

Geneva French Market
Third Street and Crescent

P.S. Across the street on Third there is a new popcorn store called Kernel Fabyans which, while not Garrets, makes a product very similar with crack-like addicitve qualities. We've sampled the cheese and carmel.

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