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Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

Written by: Alton Main Street

ALTON – The 2023 season of the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market will begin on Saturday, May 13th in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Blvd. & Henry Street in Downtown Alton, Illinois. The market will be in session, rain or shine, every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until Noon through Oct 21st.

Shoppers will find a wide selection of locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables including heirloom varieties and organically grown crops, along with grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, farm fresh eggs, local honey, hot and 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. As of 2023 we are now allowed to welcome vendors who will be serving meals that are ready to eat on-site, so we expect an abundance of delicious new breakfast and lunch items to be available!

Live entertainment, artist demonstrations and other special activities have been scheduled every week. To receive reminders for what produce is in season as well as upcoming entertainment and activities, follow the page: Facebook.com/AltonFarmersMarket.

This year marks the 31st season of the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market, organized by Alton Main Street as part of the organization’s efforts to revitalize the Downtown Alton historic district.

Alton Main Street has received a LinkUP Illinois grant to help us improve access to healthy food. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are accepted by most vendors, and recipients can receive an unlimited dollar for dollar match. Simply visit the information booth to swipe your card and double your buying power for fresh fruits and vegetables!

In response to the pandemic, booths will remain more spread out than our typical layout in order to ensure plenty of space for social distancing. Electronic payment is encouraged to minimize cash handling.

Chris Rhodes
Author: Chris Rhodes

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