October 17, 2017
Our regular SNAP matching program continues this week through October 31. Swipe your Link card for tokens in any amount, and we'll match up to $20 in coupons for fresh produce. Your matching produce coupons don't expire until the end of the month, so you'll still have a few weeks to stock up on fresh fall produce. Learn more here.
This week we're excited to welcome Chef Ann Swanson of Hendrick House for a cooking demo in the Sampling Tent. She'll be making a Fall Vegetable Panzanella Salad featuring local veggies to sample while you shop. We're also doing breakfast in the sampling tent with mini-pancakes featuring Brian Severson Farms pancake mix and Skinny Sticks maple syrup. We'll also be joined by Anytime Fitness in the Community Tent. Stop by for free gifts and games, flyers, free trial passes, and bottled water to learn about their 24/7 fitness offerings in Champaign.
Thanks to the warm autumn weather, you'll also find plenty of overlap between summer produce like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, as well as more fall treats, like apples, squash, and a rainbow of root veggies. Plus, you'll find our kids' play area (featuring our Fruit & Veggie tic tac toe games), 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:
Avery Farms from Penfield, IL will be back for their last Tuesday market of the season with \lots ofsmall ornamental pumpkins for your fall decorating, plus assorted winter squash, garlic and shallots, maybe a few bulbs of fennel, and honey.
Brian Severson Farms are also back for one last market this year, bringing along a wide variety of organic grains, including specialty flours, pancake mix, corn meals, popcorn, granola, and more! Be sure to stock up this week for your holiday baking season!
Sitka Salmon Shares is back this week with Coho, Keta, and King salmon, plus salmon burger meat, Spot Prawns, Black and Pacific Cod, Dusky Rockfish, Albacore Tuna, and both smoked Black Cod and smoked King tuna.
Two Million Blooms from Champaign will be back with local honey, including comb honey, plus fresh baked scones.
The Seasonal Plate, from Cullom, will have will have loads of greens, including spinach, lettuce mix, and arugula. You'll also find snow peas, sunflower shoots, regular and purple daikon radishes, watermelon radish, beets, jalapenos, and lunchbox peppers.
Prosperity Gardens will also be back, even if they're leaving the green bus back at the farm. Stop by for some fresh veggies and learn about the great work they're doing with youth in the community.
Sola Gratia Farm, located just on the other side of Urbana, will have peppers, eggplants, chard, collards, kale, head lettuce, shallots, red and yellow onions, hot peppers
radishes (red rover, french breakfast, icicle, watermelon and daikon), beets, turnips, fennel, broccoli, napa cabbage, and kohlrabi.
Meyer Produce, just south of us in Villa Grove (and part of Sunday's winning team at the Artisan Cup & Fork!), will have loads of red bell peppers, spicy peppers, apples, raspberries, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, green beans, wax beans, kale, zucchini, eggplant, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, potatoes, shallots, red & yellow sweet onion, and broccoli..
Okaw Valley Orchard, located in Sullivan, will be back with several varieties of apples, including Honeycrisp. Plus, apple cider by the 1/2 gallon and pint, apple crisp donuts, and apple streusel cakes.
Joy of Illinois Farm, located just outside Champaign, will have banana bread, peppers, kale, chard, and fresh herbs. You'll also find a unique lineup of jams, cookies & cupcakes plus heirloom peach tarts, and apple pie (whole pies or by the slice) from Small Batch Goodies, and Skinny Sticks Maple Syrup and organic grains from Brian Severson Farms.
We'll also be joined by Central Illinois Aquaponics, located in Bellflower. They'll have crispy and buttery lettuce, tomatoes, celery, onions, hot peppers, and cucumbers. Stop by and learn more about their unique growing practices.
Berries and Flour is back with a variety of cakes made with local produce.
Central Illinois Bakehouse (formerly known as Pekara) will have a wide range of artisan breads, pretzels, focaccia, pastries, and more.
Three D Tomatoes from Sullivan, IL will also be on hand with plump, juicy tomatoes.
The Pop Stop will also be back with cold pops made from fresh fruit (and veggies)!