People peruse the tents as Elgin Farmers Market opened for 2019 on Friday afternoon along South Grove Avenue. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer This year’s expanded Farmers Market in downtown Elgin will feature chef demos and weekly themes centered around dogs, arts and crafts, biking, yoga, books and more. The market organized by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin started Friday and will offer a variety of products throughout the season, including fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, meat, honey handmade crafts, pet products and body care items. It will take place 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays, rain or shine, through Oct. 4 along South Grove Avenue, between DuPage Court and Fulton Street, and along DuPage Court. About 50 vendors have signed up so far, market manager Christina Gonzales said. About 30 came Friday and more will show up as produce grows, she said. “I was amazed by the variety of vendors. There were lots and lots of people there,” resident Danise Habun said. “It was just a nice, relaxing, beautiful afternoon.” There are several new vendors this year, including Surpassing Suburbia, a local farmer offering mushrooms and ready-to-gr...