Market at the Square returns this Saturday

Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3, according to director Lisa Bralts.

The event is held in the southeastern portion of the parking lot, near the corner of Vine and Illinois streets.

During the year, the market is home to about 160 vendors, who sell fresh produce, plants and flowers; farm products, including meat, cheese and eggs; and baked goods. Arts and crafts are also available for purchase.

This Saturday, Bralts said she expects 60 to 65 vendors, depending on the weather.

Among the new vendors are PrairiErth Farm, an organic farm near Atlanta, Ill., and Ludwig Farmstead Creamery of Fithian, which will sell cow's milk cheese, Bralts said.

"Illinois' new Cottage Food Law, which went into effect in January, means some home food producers are now able to sell certain foods at the market as long as they meet certain criteria," Bralts said.

That means some vendors who once sold home-baked goods and certain jams and jellies will be able to return, she said.

This year, generally on the last Saturday of each month, there will be musical performances in the area just west of the market.

Scheduled to appear are: C4A Music Faculty & Friends on May 26; Ryan Groff of Elsinore on June 30; the Michael Fenoglio Trio on July 28; Anasazi String Quartet on Aug. 25; The Turinos on Sept. 29; and Los Guapos on Oct. 13. Performances generally run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Arts workshops are also scheduled on those days.

Musicians can sign up to perform other Saturdays, Bralts said. At this point, none have applied to perform this Saturday, but they can do so through Saturday morning — as long as they don't use electronic amplification, she said.

The city's information booth will be located at the northwest entrance to the market. The market will accept credit, debit and LINK cards on behalf of market vendors at the city's information booth, according to a news release.

For more information about the market, contact Bralts at 384-2319 or at ljbralts@urbana