August 22, 2017
This Tuesday we're celebrating the Dog Days of Summer with the return of our Market Mutt photo contest. Bring your favorite pooch by the Market to get his/her picture taken and enter to win Market Mutt 2017 honors (and win treats for the both of you!).
Stop by the Sampling Tent to taste some fresh, flavorful produce.
The CU One-to-One Mentoring Program returns to the Community Tent this week; stop by and learn more about how you can sign up to mentor kids in in our community. We'll also be joined by the Progressive Democrats of America, who will have info and materials on progressive issues & candidates, community engagement opportunities, and voter registration. You'll also find our kids' play area, music, Dragon Fire Pizza, and seating areas for you to enjoy another gorgeous summer afternoon.
And of course, the main event...
Here's a taste of what's on tap this week:
Sitka Salmon Shares will be back with black cod, coho salmon, dusky rockfish, keta salmon, pacific cod, smoked king salmon, smoked black cod, and spot prawns. Learn more about this unique partnership out of Galesburg with sustainable fishermen in Alaska that brings a delicious variety of fish and seafood to the midwest through farmers markets and a CSA program.
WE Produce, out of Seymour with watermelon and strawberries! They'll also feature sweet corn from Triple M Farms in Clinton.
The Seasonal Plate, from Cullom, will have sunflower shoots, pea shoots, arugula, spicy greens mix, tomatoes, radishes, baby beets, kale, baby kale, green peppers, and jalapeños.
Sola Gratia Farm, located just on the other side of Urbana, will have basil (Italian, Thai, and purple), rainbow chard, collard greens, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant (Asian and Italian), kale, tomatillos, green beans, okra, shallots, and a variety of tomatoes. They'll also have a plethora of pepper, including sweet bell peppers, jalapenos, and poblanos.
Meyer Produce will have peppers (sweet bell, green bell, jalapeno), apples, a few peaches, raspberries, blackberries, lots of cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, potatoes, scallions, leeks, red & yellow sweet onions, shallots, and possibly some melons.
Okaw Valley Orchard, from Sullivan, will be back with yellow freestone peaches, Macintosh apples, baked goodies, and pints of cold apple cider.
Prosperity Gardens will be on hand in the adorable green bus with onions, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, and okra, all grown just a few short blocks from the market.
Joy of Illinois Farm, located just outside Champaign, will have Great Solar Eclipse cookies, pumpkin bread, zucchini squash, garlic, and wild greens. You'll also find a unique lineup of jams and cookies plus fresh kale, oregano, sage, thyme, chocolate mint, as well as purple and thai basils from Small Batch Goodies, plus Skinny Sticks Maple Syrup and organic grains from Brian Severson Farms.
We'll also be joined by Central Illinois Aquaponics, from Bellflower. They'll have beets, turnips, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes,green beans, onions, celery, and more. Stop by and learn more about their unique growing practices.
Berries and Flour and Two Million Blooms are both taking the week off to travel for the eclipse, but they'll be back next week with cakes, honey, and more!
Grovestone will be back with family grown and pressed olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Greece, supporting centuries-old local production, perfect for whipping up a delicious vinaigrette to bring out the flavor of all the summer produce that you'll find this week. This week they'll be bringing along their Strawberry white balsamic vinegar, also with their ultra premium balsamic and olive oils.
Central Illinois Bakehouse (formerly known as Pekara) will have three new naturally leavened sourdoughs this week: Three Pepper Cheddar, Mediterranian Olive, and Garlic Parmesan. Plus, you'll find a wide range of artisan breads, pretzels, focaccia, pastries, and more.
We've also got refreshing treats to keep you cool. The Pop Stop will be on hand with cold pops, including blueberry lavender, watermelon, raspberry hibiscus, and more.