Market at the Square set to open in Urbana
URBANA — The Market at the Square will kick off another season on Saturday, and market-goers can expect a few new features this year.
Market director Natalie Kenny Marquez said more than 130 vendors are registered for the market this season, and an average of 70 or so are slated to set up at the Lincoln Square Mall parking lot each Saturday through Nov. 2 between 7 a.m. and noon.
Fithian-based Ludwig Farmstead Creamery is one of the market's newest vendors, featuring European-style artisan cheeses. Other additions include Piato Cafe, which will sell coffee, pastries and smoothies during the market this year; and a crafts booth which will feature rings made out of antique spoons.
Other area farmers' markets begin soon, as listed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture:
— Champaign-Urbana Public Health District market: June 6 through Oct. 1 on Tuesdays between 1 and 5:30 p.m. Located at 201 W. Kenyon Rd., C.
— Sustainable Student Farm market: May through November on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the plaza behind the Illini Union.
— Downtown Danville Farmers' Market: May 22 through Oct. 5 on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon and Fridays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.
— Downtown Bloomington Farmers' Market: May 4 through Oct. 26 on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Located on the square at Main, Jefferson and Center streets, Bloomington.
— Watseka Farmers' Market: June 1 through Sept. 28 on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Located at the First Trust and Savings Bank parking lot, 120 E. Walnut St., Watseka.