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East Dundee work won’t stop farmers market downtown

Mary Krebsbach Elgsets up booth during Old Dundee Farmer’s Market East Dundee 2011. The market is scheduled go as usual

Mary Krebsbach of Elgin sets up a booth during the Old Dundee Farmer’s Market in East Dundee in 2011. The market is scheduled to go on as usual this year, despite plans for some major downtown renovations. Sun-Times Media file photo.

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Updated: March 15, 2013 12:17PM

EAST DUNDEE — While a proposed redevelopment plan will make a huge impact on the village’s downtown this summer, one aspect will remain the same.

The annual Dundee Farmers Market — held on Saturdays from May through October and hosted by the Dundee Township Visitors Center — will go on as planned.

Volunteer market coordinator Bill Zelsdorf said he and his assistant have been fielding calls from concerned vendors wondering if the market will still take place.

“It’s funny how rumors get started,” Zelsdorf said. “Everyone knows there’s going to be work going on downtown, and so they think it’s canceled. But it absolutely is still on.”

In the next few months, with the help of OTTO Engineering President Tom Roeser, East Dundee officials will be moving forward on plans to make the downtown a notable Fox Valley destination. The focus will be on enhancing the Depot Plaza Square area, which includes concepts for public improvements as well as private development projects.

Proposed amenities for the area — which includes Barrington, Meier and River streets — include a children’s splash pad, a removable ice rink, a restaurant, retail stores and even an upscale apartment complex.

The downtown revitalization effort will be helped further by the demolition of the large yellow building across from the Anvil Club, which was once part of the Doederlein Lumber Co. complex. Fred Doederlein’s widow, DeLoris, is donating the warehouse and property to East Dundee.

Starts May 11

The 2013 Dundee Farmers Market, at 319 N. River St., will begin Saturday, May 11.

“We always start Mothers Day weekend and go until the last Saturday of October,” Zelsdorf said.

“We’re looking forward to a great season and hope to see everyone there,” added Paula Lauer, secretary of the Dundee Township Visitors Center.

Zelsdorf said he is looking forward to the proposed downtown improvements, although he said they are bittersweet, especially because of the planned demise of Doederlein’s barn.

“It’s a great old building, but in the name of progress it’s coming down,” he said. “And it will provide more parking that we need, not only for the downtown but for the farmers market. It’s a good thing, but it’s a little sad, too.”

Usually, about 40 vendors participate in the farmers market, selling fruits and vegetables, honey, flowers, bedding plants, soaps, antiques and collectibles. New vendors are always welcome.

Booth fees are $20.

“And that’s good for the entire day,” Zelsdorf said.

The market runs from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Set-up time is from 6 to 8 a.m.

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