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The Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market
opens May 11th!

The 2019 season of the Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market will run every Saturday from May 11th through October 19th from 8:00 a.m. until Noon, and the Wednesday Market will run July 3rd through September 25th from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., located in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street.

Shoppers will find a wide selection of locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, including heirloom varieties and organically grown crops. Produce will be available, along with grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, farm fresh eggs, local honey, hot or iced coffee, fresh bread and other baked goods. In addition, fresh cut flowers, potted plants, and a large assortment of hand-crafted artwork such as pottery, stained glass, soap, candles, and woodworking items will be sold.  Live entertainment, artist demonstrations and other special activities have been scheduled every Saturday throughout the season.  

Vendors wanted – anything homegrown or handmade by you is welcome to be sold!

 

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TAILGATE SALE ON MAY 18TH


2019 ACTIVITY SCHEDULE!

5/11 - Native Landscaping with The Nature Institute
5/18 - Tailgate Sale & Magician Don Woodruff
5/25 - Photography Walk with Andrew Dobson
6/1 - Goat Yoga and Live music from Sue Kennedy & Keith Roberson-Singer/Songwriters
6/8 - Live music from Nancy Lippincott & friends and Artist Demo: Pottery Wheel with Bob Sancamper
6/15 - Artist Demo: Origami with Taeko Wogi
6/22 - Henna tattoos with Karla Anderson
6/29 - City Mouse, Country Mouse - Puppet Show with Blaque Berry Puppets
7/6 - Live music from The Goodies
7/13 - Christmas in July - visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
7/20 - Recipe and Nutrition Booth from Illinois Nutrition Education Programs
7/27 - Kid-friendly activities with Riverbend Head Start & Family Services
8/3 - Live music from City Voices Chorus & Kidcation activities with Mad Co. Child Advocacy Center
8/10 - Celebrating National Farmers' Market Week! Artist Demo: Mosaics with Sarah Neal
8/17 - Meditation Session with Stella from Riverbend Spirit Studio
8/24 - Recipe and Nutrition Booth from Illinois Nutrition Education Programs
8/31 - Live music from Nancy Lippincott & friends
9/7 - Live music from the Lifehouse Band
9/14 - Health Fair with SIHF Healthcare
9/21 - Recipe and Nutrition Booth from Illinois Nutrition Education Programs
9/28 - Canine Carnival with SNIP Alliance
10/5 - Artist Demo: Crochet & hand knitting with Sally Kirbach, plus Recipe and Nutrition Booth from Illinois Nutrition Education Programs
10/12 - Live music from Lauren Waters
10/19 - Tailgate Sale


alton farmers market

This year marks the 27th season of the Market, organized by Alton Main Street as part of the organization’s efforts to revitalize the Downtown Alton historic district. The events feature a variety of products that are handmade or homegrown within a 50-mile radius. New vendors are welcome; registration fees are $12.00 for Saturdays and $5.00 for either weeknight option. Discounted seasonal rates are also available. 

Two programs are available to incentivize low-income individuals to shop for fresh, locally-grown produce at the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients are encouraged to visit the info booth and swipe their LINK cards to use their benefits. When doing so, Alton Main Street will double their dollars, giving shoppers twice the buying power for fresh fruits and vegetables every time they shop.  

Alton Main Street aims to improve access to healthy foods by doubling the value of SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps or LINK cards), which are accepted by many produce vendors. Visit the information booth on-site for details. Starting in July, Senior Nutrition Vouchers will provide $25 worth of free produce to all low-income individuals with limited income living in Madison County who are over 60 years of age. Check back soon for details. 

At the Markets, anything homegrown or handmade by the vendor is welcome to be sold. Pre-registration is not required, vendors simply show up one hour prior to start time to be directed to their booth space and payment is collected on-site. You can receive reminders on what produce is in season, plus upcoming entertainment and activities at: www.facebook.com/AltonFarmersMarket