The Illinois Products Farmers' Market is celebrating its 10th year in 2017. On Thursday, May 11th the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host the first market of the season and will continue each Thursday evening from 4 - 7 pm through October 12that the Shed (across from Lincoln Stage) on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Once again, there will be an opportunity to enjoy free live entertainment each week while you shop for local Illinois products and enjoy Illinois wine from the wine garden. Market-goers will experience a family friendly atmosphere with an array of vendors and a different food truck each week.
"The support the market has received from the community has been remarkable," says Luke Sailer, Bureau Chief of the Illinois State Fair. "This year we are excited that the market will run both Thursdays during the Illinois State Fair. This will open up the market to an entirely new crowd and allow more Illinois Products to be showcased at the fair."
Springfield Clinic will again serve as one of the title sponsors in 2017. The multi-specialty medical group will provide health and wellness information all market season long at their booth on the northwest corner in The Shed. Market-goers will have access to various specialists in diet and nutrition, sports medicine, women's health, cardiology, audiology, orthopedics and more. Springfield Clinic will also distribute its very popular healthy "recipe of the week" and offer numerous other promotions throughout the market season.
"Springfield Clinic is proud to return as one of the title sponsors of the Illinois Products Farmers' Market. We look forward to partnering with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the vendors who provide fresh, whole foods to the community," says Mark Kuhn, Chief Administrative Officer at Springfield Clinic.
All products sold at the Illinois Products Farmers' Market are processed, produced, and packaged by a vendor in the state of Illinois. Space is still available if you are interested in participating as a vendor at the 2017 market. Applications can be found on our website, www.agr.state.il.us/nightmarket.