Illinois has some of the best farmers markets in the country. You can find the freshest produce, some awesome, locally created items, and even a food truck or two. Here are the farmers markets you need to check out this year.
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1. Urbana's Market at the Square
This market is one of the largest and most diverse in Illinois. There were 170 registered vendors in 2015, and weekly attendance is estimated around 4,500. 401 S. Vine Street, Urbana.
2. Riverside Farmers Market
This isn't the largest market, but the intimate setting makes it feel like a classic farmers market. Still, you will find interesting things here, from veggies to condiments. And even a hot chocolate bar when the weather is cold. 27 Riverside Road, Riverside.
3. Woodstock Farmers Market
What is unique about this market is that vendors can only sell things that they personally have produced. Enjoy live music weekly. 1319 IL-47, Woodstock.
4. Cary Farmers Market
This market begins in June and runs through September. You can be sure to find fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, flowers, plants. 445 Park Avenue, Cary.
5. Carbondale Farmers Market
This market has been around for 39 years. Vendors come from family farms or are local craftspeople. 1301 E Walnut Street, Carbondale.
6. Naperville Farmers Market
There is no shortage of offerings at this market: seasonally fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as micro greens, meats, eggs, cheese, breads and baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, coffee, jams and nut butters, organic snacks, pickles, pottery, French linens, soaps and skin care, freshly made empanadas and other fine offerings from local vendors. 200 E 5th Street, Naperville.
7. Kankakee Farmers Market
This farmers market has things like dog treats and pizza. But they also have cool weekly events, like Sweet Corn Day and a science activity tent. S Schyuler Avenue & E Merchant Street, Kankakee.
8. Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market
The Bloomington Farmers Market has different musical performances each week, as well as a kid zone with activities for the kids. There is also a decent amount of locally created artwork. 106 W Monroe St, Bloomington.
9. Princeton Farmers Market
This farmers market is full of regulars and a warm community. It's not the largest market, but there is a good selection of items from nice folks. 535 Elm Place, Princeton.
10. 61st Street Farmers Market
Chicago is full of farmers markets, but this might feel the most like a traditional farmers market. Still, there are cool things like live music and cooking demos. 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago.