TribLocal Schaumburg - 14-20 June 2012
Schaumburg • Hoﬀman Estates Streamwood • Elk Grove Village Rolling Meadows
JUNE 14-20, 2012
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Emerald Ash Borer plans call for more money
By Kate Thayer
Schaumburg’s farmers market began last week and runs Fridays through October. This year’s market features new vendors offering items like gluten-free baked goods and ﬂavor-infused olive oils. Photo provided by Village of Schaumburg
Schaumburg farmers market adds new, trendy items
By Kate Thayer
Planners of this year’s farmers market in Schaumburg say there are new items that match growing trends in food. The market, which began last week, runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 26 at Trickster Gallery, 190 S. Roselle Road, and features about 30 vendors selling food and other goods. There’s also entertainment scheduled most weeks, including
musical performances during the market. Martha Dooley, landscape and sustainability planner who has organized the market for the past 16 years, said there are a few new vendors this year. The new items for sale include gluten-free baked goods, freshly-made pesto sauce and flavor-infused olive oils, along with homemade barbeque sauces and rubs, Dooley said. “I thought it was a really nice thing to add to the mix of vendors,” she said.
Another newcomer to the market is a farmer selling frozen, grass-fed beef. “That’s a really popular trend right now,” she said. Every year the market, which first started in 1980, seems to draw in more visitors than the year before, Dooley said. “It’s more popular every year, particularly as you hear about the health benefits of fresh produce,” she said. For information on the farmers market, visit ci.schaumburg.il.us.
Treatment along with replacement and removal of Schaumburg trees showing signs of Emerald Ash Borer infection is already underway, and expected to cost the village more than triple what it did last year. First confirmed in Schaumburg about three years ago, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle has infected nearly all ash trees in the village’s parkways, said Steve Weinstock, public works director. Effects of the disease forces the village to take down more trees each year, he said. But, the focus is starting to shift more toward treatment as opposed to removal and replacement of trees, said John Williams, superintendent of field services. Research conducted by several universities has revealed the most effective treatments, including insecticides injected into the soil or into the actual tree, he said. The latest information allowed Schaumburg to come up with a management plan – but also required officials to up the budget, Williams said. This year, \$1.5 million will be spent on dealing with trees infected with the Emerald Ash Borer – that’s up from \$480,000 last year, he said. “Until we had the research…it was really difficult to make a decision and say, ‘I want to spend \$100,000 on this chemical to try and save trees’ and have it not work,” Williams said. “Once we were able to see the research and data that there was success, we were able to propose a program to try to save trees and slow down Emerald Ash Borer in Schaumburg.”
PLEASE SEE ASH BORER, PAGE 12