2017 Market Schedule
Wheaton French Market
Open Saturday April 15th to November 11th
We will be there every Saturday from 8am to 2pm
The Market is located in Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main Street and Liberty St.
Our tent is located at the northwest corner of the market on Cross Street and the Railroad Tracks.
We will have a limited menu available for purchase at the market that can change weekly by availability. Online Orders always get first priority over markets. If you want to make sure you have your favorites, don’t forget to place an order online for pickup at the market.
Steve has decided to take Sundays off to spend more time with his family and will not be returning to Geneva this year. You may see him or one of our helpers at a market here or there over the summer, but nothing on a regular basis. Please click here to sign up for our newsletter to learn where we will be each weekend.
Our Free Delivery promotion on orders over $50 was so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent offering to our top 20 producing zip codes. If you live in one of the zip codes below, you can now get free delivery to your home or office with a $50 purchase.
NEW Minimums for our top 20 zip codes
60137, 60187, 60185, 60647, 60190, 60174, 60089, 60189, 60510, 60188
60622, 60148, 60139, 60613, 60657, 60133, 60654, 60175, 60004, 60555
Now receive free delivery with a $50 purchase all year!
NEW Delivery days by geographic area
City of Chicago – Saturday Delivery
South & Southwest Suburbs – Saturday Delivery
North & Northwest Suburbs – Saturday Delivery
Western Suburbs – Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Saturday Delivery Options!
Order Minimums & Delivery Fees
Free Delivery Still Starts at $60 for most Western Suburbs.
Free Delivery Starts at $80 for City of Chicago, North, NW, and Southern Suburbs.
All zip codes now have lower delivery fees and more options for orders that do not meet our minimums for free delivery.
Your minimum order for free delivery is based on your geographic location and the volume of business we do in your zip code. Zip codes we do a lot of business in will not see an increase to their order minimum.
All zip codes now have lower delivery fees for medium sized orders that come close but don’t hit our minimums.
If you zip code is not listed and you live in the Chicago Suburbs, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and we will let you know what the minimum would be to receive free delivery to your area. We always make exceptions for customers that want to work with us.
These changes are effective 11/30/15. Remember we are a small operation and we make mistakes in our delivery run files from time to time. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you feel we made a mistake, we appreciate every opportunity to serve our customers!
This post explains what makes our Old Heritage Milk so spectacular and different from other diary products. If you haven’t tried this stuff you are missing out. This is what milk used to be!
The Milk is produced at Rockhome Gardens dairy plant in Arthur IL and can be viewed by the public behind glass, very cool, very new and clean facility. The milk comes from cows that are raised right down the road and the milk is actually transported by a stainless steal horse drawn milk trailer from the farm to the dairy plant. The milk comes from 20 Jersey Cows on 1 single farm. They are 100% Grass Fed, totally grain free, they receive a molasses supplement instead of grain to keep production up. Since Molasses is made from a grass plant and not a grain plant it is the standard supplement for all 100% Grass Fed Dairy operations. In 8 years of searching I have never found a 100% grass fed milk operation that wasn’t using something as a supplement.
The milk is never homogenized and never separated. Non homogenized means the milk will still separate also called “cream line milk”. Most dairies will separate the cream and milk in order to make different types of milk, skim, 1%, 2%, & Whole Milks. Since Old Heritage milk is not separated, many times you get a much higher cream content than other whole milks, you will taste the difference.
The other big thing is the low temp pasteurization. Most big plants do continuous pasteurization that heats the milk to at least 163 degrees or more for 15 or more seconds. Old Heritage milk is only heated to 145 degrees for 30 minutes and is made is small batches and meticulously monitored for safety.
I believe that should do it for all the benefits of Old Heritage Cream.
Please let me know if anyone has any other questions & Thank you!
I get it all the time from customers. They tell me they can find organic products elsewhere for less. This post is aimed at explaining some of these price differences as well as possible price increases coming down the road this year.
There are many organic products that I could carry at significantly lower prices. However when it comes to dairy, eggs, and meat, there are lots of organic products out there that are very poorly represented in my opinion and I personally would have a hard time selling and still feel good about what I do. Organic meat, egg, and dairy standards are much lower than the standards I hold my suppliers too. I will only carry the best and sell products that are honestly represented and marketed.
I have had customers point out that they can buy items like syrup, sugar, hamburger, and honey direct from local farmers for less than what I charge. That is because many of these farmers sell off their farms at same prices that I buy at. I don’t want to beat up my farmers, I believe they have as much of a right to earn a living as I do and if that is what they charge and I can’t find better for less nearby I generally pay their price. Anyone that is willing can by-pass my service and go straight to my suppliers and buy in bulk will be able to buy at more affordable prices. However they will have to pay those bulk bills, transport the products themselves, and manage all the different relationships themselves. I can’t tell you how many hours I spend every week working on inventory, bills, ordering, and all the tasks necessary to keep so many amazing local foodstuffs in stock.
I see the developing local food coops, delivery services, expansion of farmers markets, and other type of CSA operations popping up all over the place as a very positive thing. I think they are all great and am happy to see them develop. I think the more people learn about their food and where it comes from the better. I value this competition because we are all spreading the same basic message. Also as more people are demanding these types of products the more we will see prices drop over all as supply increases.
Will you pay more a little more from me than buying direct from my suppliers in bulk or joining a local coop, absolutely! However you should find my prices fair and comparable to what you pay at the big box stores, especially if you consider your time, the gas, and impulse purchases at these stores. If anyone wants to do all the work that I do to bring these types of products into their home, please more power to them. That was a big reason why I got started in this business, my family and I eat very well When you join a local coop most will required you to donate X number of hours a week to the coop or pay a fee to buy someone else’s time. So you may save some money but you must still do more work. When you spend hours and fuel driving to a farm to make a pick up there is a cost associated with that. The point here is that yes you can save money elsewhere but you will have to spend more time or effort in other ways. When you buy from us we don’t require any contracts, you don’t have to order again, you don’t have to pay a membership fee, and if you meet our minimums and live in our delivery areas, we don’t charge for shipping!
I work hard to price myself out against my competition and the big box retailers like Whole F and Trader J. I do my very best to stay competitive on my prices. If you see a product that I carry priced higher than what you find elsewhere it is only because it costs me more to get it. As my volume increases so does my buying power and ability to lower prices. Overall my retails have come down more in the last 5 years than they have gone up.
That being said you will probably see some of my prices increase this year. We are seeing price increases across the board. Some due to the extreme weather, cold this winter and drought 2 summers ago. Some from change in season, as apples become scarcer, prices will increase until there are no more left for this season. Government regulations continue to increase and impose more costs on our businesses, fuel, commodities, distributors and producers, all these costs get passed onto the retail customer.
You might even see my prices increase slightly faster than the prices at the register of your local big box retailers. Due primarily to my size I don’t have the buying power or inventory levels that these larger companies have to moderate some of these changes. You may see my prices go up faster than my big box competition, but I promise if my prices go down, you will see my prices go down much faster than theirs too! If my prices are going up, it is not because I wanted to raise them, it is because our costs are going up.
I promise to my customers that I will operate my business in a fair and ethical manner. I will continue to operate this business using free market principals as long as I am free to do so. I try my best to get the lowest price I can for the highest quality products available. I promise not to put price before quality and would rather be out of stock on an item than to pass another product on as a substitute if the quality is not the same. I promise to never stop learning and continue to innovate, creating new distribution channels for our amazing products and to get them to our customer’s doors at the lowest price possible. I want my customers to be able to order from us and know that they are getting the most honest and highest quality foodstuffs available on the market today!
When you buy food from us I want you to know where it comes from, who made it or grew it, and be able to pronounce what is in it!
Happy Thursday! Steve
Hey All, Happy Thursday!
My name is Steve Spoerl Jr, and I hope you find this blog useful and educational. My wife Jennifer and I are independent licensed food brokers by the State of Illinois and we work for our God, our customer, and our family, no one else! Our promise to our customers is that everything we sell is traceable to the person or farm that made it or grew it and you can pronounce all of our ingredient labels. We operate a home delivery company specializing in local traceable foodstuffs, you can see our product selection and shop on our website www.farmfreshfoodstuffs.com.
It all started back in 2007 when Jennifer and I were dating, I started working for a friend of mine that was selling meat and cheese at farmers markets. The next summer Jennifer and I bought and fixed up an old trailer we could pull with our SUV and found an old freezer on craigslist for 50 bucks and started doing our own markets still working for our friend Steve. In the fall of 2009 I was laid off from my corporate sales job in custom picture framing and art preservation and couldn’t find another salary position, just commission only job offers. We decided that I was pretty good at sales and could do commission only on our own. Now many years later we couldn’t be happier with the decision. We feel blessed to have fallen into this industry so early on. We have learned so much about our food, how is is grown, processed, and distributed to consumers. It is because of what we have learned that has changed how we eat and shop, and it is our hope that our business will help others on this path to learning where their food is coming from, who is making or growing it, and what is in it.
Our goal is true transparency in our products, no private labels, really traceable! Traceable to us means we know where the product was grown, who was involved in processing it, knowing that these things were done in responsible and human ways, and that our customers can have access to this information. Organic is great but there are so many organic products that we will not sell because they don’t meet our criteria. Especially true in meats, dairy, and eggs. Organic doesn’t guarantee outdoor access or pasture raised, all of the meats dairy and eggs we sell come from animals that have real honest open access to the outdoors or on pasture for the majority of their lives, not just “free range” in a barn. We support farmers using non GMO feeds to raise their animals when ever absolutely possible. We try to only sell produce and products that do not contain GMO ingredients. Nothing we sell contains any preservatives, artificial nitrates, additives, or animal by products. Our meats are never enhanced or processed in a factory setting. All of our products are artisan quality, produced in small batches compared to commercial alternatives, locally produced, and you will taste the difference, we guarantee it!