June 27, 2017
What better way to spend a lovely summer afternoon than visiting your favorite farmers in Downtown Champaign and picking up some fresh, local food.
This week Market Seedlings returns with the theme: Local Food is Berry Good. Join First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana to make berry superheroes in the kids' tent and get free balloons. We're excited to welcome back Harvest Market in the Sampling Tent, with fresh, fun recipe ideas featuring local berries. You can even make your own pH paper using raspberries at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum table.
In the Community Tent this week, we welcome back Illinois Public Media. Stop by to learn more about WILL Radio and TV programming, pick up fun freebies, and support their pledge drive. You can also get a free blood pressure check from Center for Your Health and learn more about this Philo office's services.
You'll also find music, and you can hang out in our new seating area and enjoy some music and Dragon Fire Pizza.
And of course, the main event...
Here's what's on tap this week:
Blueberry season is starting to wind down, and this will likely be the last week with Fermo Blueberries, so stop by and stock up on juicy berries.
The Seasonal Plate will have green peppers, jalapenos, hakurei turnips, cucumbers, lettuce mix, spicy greens mix, kale, baby kale, radishes, baby beets, carrots, and arugula.
Sola Gratia Farm is bringing bunching greens, head lettuce, scallions, summer squash, radishes, basil, salad turnips, eggplant and beets.
Three D Tomatoes will be back this week with plump, juicy tomatoes.
Berries and Flour is back with an array of cakes make with local produce, including from a number of our own farmers. This week you'll find Blueberry Elderflower Upside Down cake. Elderflowers won't be in bloom much longer, so try this edible flower while you can! You'll also find these unique cake flavors: Fresh Strawberry Vanilla, Chocolate Beet (plus a vegan version), Apple Kale, Basil Lemonade, Raspberry Earl Grey, and Blueberry Peach.
Old Town Flowers will bring the color with gorgeous bouquets (grown just a few blocks from the market!).
Two Million Blooms will also be back with local honey, basil and cilantro, as well as their new scones.
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.
Meyer Produce will have zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan squash, cucumber, red and black raspberries (come early!), blueberries, cherry tomatoes, red & yellow onion, leeks, potatoes, and possibly green beans/wax beans and beets.
Central Illinois Bakehouse (formerly known as Pekara) will have a wide range of artisan breads, pretzels, focaccia, and more.
Right next door you can find something sweet for that baguette from Grandma Cooky, who is bringing her signature line of jams and jellies to Downtown Champaign.
Joy of Illinois Farm will have honey whole wheat bread, gooseberry tarts, chard, kale, a few shell peas, large garlic scapes, and small garlic heads. You'll also find herbs and a gourmet lineup of jams, including Strawberry Chardonnay, Strawberry Pinot Noir, Strawberry Chocolate, Strawberry, Blackberry, Wild Blackberry, Grape, Elderberry Blueberry, Red Current, as well as vegan and gluten free baked goods from Small Batch Goodies, plus Skinny Sticks Maple Syrup and organic grains from Brian Severson Farms. Your favorite canines can also get treats from Lucky Pierre Bakers, who will have their famous Billy Goat Ruff and Turkey Lurkey treats, made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Prosperity Gardens will be also back with greens, veggies, and herbs (mint and chives).
We've also got refreshing treats to keep you cool. The Pop Stop will be on hand with cold pops, including watermelon, strawberry, mango sunrise, pistachio with chocolate drizzle, cookies n cream, and more.