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Downtown Downers Grove Market moves toward peak season

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT
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Karen Eggersdorfer pours the peach syrup while her husband, Steve, holds the shaved ice container Saturday at their Tropical Sno booth at the Downtown Downers Grove Market.
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Shoppers fill the Downtown Downers Grove Market on Saturday.
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Kyle Lewis of Downers Grove picks out some tomatoes on the vine Saturday at the Downtown Downers Grove Market.
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Kristin Coons of Hinsdale discusses fresh fruit options with Vanessa Raisanen of Geneva's Windy Acres Farm's.
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Steve Marney of Sam's Koops speaks with regular customer Kim Maschoff of Downers Grove on Saturday at the Downtown Downers Grove Market on Saturday.
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Kevin Gadbois removes donuts from the fryer Saturday at his Dough Daddy's Dinky Donuts booth at the Downtown Downers Grove Market.

DOWNERS GROVE – Last spring, Steve and Karen Eggersdorfer’s son and his friends drove to Willow Springs so often for shaved ice from Tropical Sno that the family figured, “Why not open one here?”

Now in their second year, the DG Tropical Sno booth is one of the more popular new additions to the Downtown Downers Grove Market. The Eggersdorfers, who both work in finance during the day, are branching out to other fests and markets like the weekly sale at the Bolingbrook Promenade.

“We’re having a ball with it,” Karen Eggersdorfer said. “This was kind of like our breakout from the office. We get tired of sitting behind the desk all the time. We like talking to the people that come out.”

Farmers market shoppers can squelch the heat and mix and match the 25 different flavors into their own creation, or pick from one of the menu concoctions like the popular Tigers Blood, which is a mix of strawberry and coconut, or the Mango Tango, which pairs strawberry with mango.

“We’re always looking for other markets to get into,” she said. “We’re kind of thinking about letting it grow and branching out. With my son, and as he gets little older, he might want to take and branch out with another gazebo.

“It’s fun to see how far it will go.”

DG Tropical Sno joins more than 70 vendors at the Downers Grove market hawking everything from fruits, vegetables, spices, flowers, eggs, beef and chicken to gluten-free baked goods, chocolate and homemade soaps.

Now a month into the weekly event, the garden items are starting to arrive in bigger numbers, market committee volunteer Barb Taylor said.

“We’ve had great weather,” Taylor said. “It’s been a nice strong opening.”

Since the mid 1990s, The Indian Boundary YMCA has jointly sponsored the market with the Village of Downers Grove. Last year, more than 3,300 people visited the market during peak weeks, according to the YMCA.

The weekly event also features regular live music, and periodic cooking demonstrations and YMCA fitness classes, among other activities.

For information about the Eggersdorfer’s business, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DGTropicalSno

Be sure to check out the Top-5 most unique items found at the market.

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