With warm weather comes fresh produce! There is nothing tastier and more refreshing than fresh fruits and vegetables. When spring arrives, farmers begin planting in the fields, so that by summer-time, we can begin eating our favorite fruits and vegetables.
In central Illinois, we are home to many fields along the prairie and flat-lands. In almost every rural town, you will see fields of corn and beans. Throughout town and country, you will see gardens in back-yards. Everyone becomes crazy with planting fever and sets out to grow juicy tomatoes, crispy lettuce, sweet banana peppers, strawberries and any other type of produce that you can dream of.
Along with planting your own garden, central Illinois also has farmer markets that you can take advantage of too. Beginning around June, the Arthur, IL area has a fresh market almost every Saturday on Vine street. Local farmers and bakers sell fresh produce and even fresh baked goodies. Sometimes even crafts and artisans bring out items for you to browse at too. Arthur is about 45 minutes south of the Champaign area.
If you live in or are visiting the Champaign, Illinois area, you can visit the Urbana Market on the Square. They also hold a weekly farmer’s market that features fresh produce, crafts, meat and dairy products, fresh cut flowers, baked goods and other surprises too. Usually around May and June, vendors start carrying out their goods so that shoppers can come buy their favorites.
In the Charleston, IL area, fresh produce, crafts and local specialties are sold during the months of June through October from 6:00am to 10:30am. You can usually find these local items on the square in Charleston. Charleston is a little over an hour away, south of Champaign as well.
There are many other farmer’s markets around the area of central Illinois. Stay tuned to your local news-stations, news-papers and special fliers in your area to find out when farmer’s markets are held in your area. When you are in the mood for fresh produce, farmer’s markets often sell some of the best local produce in the area. There is always a chance of finding something unique or delicious when you are browsing at local farmer’s markets.