A Vintage Day Trip
The European-style market in Morris offers great antiquing in a quaint, yesteryear setting
For antiquers in quest of the perfect find, those who love perusing distinctive arts and crafts, or folks simply looking for a relaxing day trip to a quaint downtown with the feel of yesteryear, the 3 French Hens Market in Morris is a great warm-weather weekend destination.
Recently named one of the top five flea markets in Romantic Homes magazine and ranked in the top 10 by Romantic Country magazine, the open-air market is held on the grassy banks of the historic I & M Canal. It boasts more than 130 vendors selling a variety of wares, from antiques, collectibles and the works of local artisans, to plants, fresh produce, baked goods, and organic meats and cheeses.
Started six years ago by two local shopkeepers seeking to increase foot traffic in the historic downtown — located about 30 miles southwest of Naperville — the market found a niche almost immediately, tripling in size the first year.
Foodies will enjoy the homegrown produce, organics, farm fresh meats, artisanal cheeses, and fresh baked pastries, including Amish breads and butters. Vintage treasure hunters, meanwhile, will appreciate the wide selection of repurposed and antique items including shabby, chippy, industrial, steampunk and primitives.
Throughout the market season, a series of special events are held including a Springtime in Paris luncheon, make-and-take workshops, and an annual farm-to-table dinner. On some Saturdays, local musicians provide some down-home tunes, from bluegrass to rockabilly.
3 French Hens French Country Market
Held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month: May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 at Canal Port at the south end of downtown Morris.
For more information, go to www.3frenchhensmarket.blogspot.com or call 815 513-5600.