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The Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market
2017 season runs May 13th-October 14th!

The 2017 season of the Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market will begin earlier than usual on May 13th in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street through October 14th. The Market will operate every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until Noon and on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. 

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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2017 ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

5/13 - Power Wheels Derby Car Racetrack for kids
5/20 - Tailgate Sale with Alton Park & Recreation
5/27 - Dynamic Martial Arts demonstration
6/3 - Live Music From Number2Combo
6/10 - Artist Demo: Zentangle with Lynn Carter
6/17 - Artist Demo: Pottery Wheel with Jim Linksvayer
6/24 - Artist Demo: Painting with Brooke Lobb-Peipert
7/1 - Live Music From Hideous Gentlemen
7/8 - Punch and Judy Puppet Show with Blaque Berry Puppets
7/15 - Artist Demo: Coffee Painting with Eric Stauffer
7/22 - Christmas in July - visit with Santa while he's on vacation from the North Pole!
7/29 - Artist Demo: Origami with Taeko Wogi
8/5 - Live Music From Happenstance - Celebrating National Farmers Market Week
8/12 - Artist Demo: Knitting with Sally Kirbach
8/19 - Artist Demo: Pottery Wheel with Bob Sancamper
8/26 - Pilates with Dr. Kristina Bemis at 10am
9/2 - Live Music From Nancy Lippincott & Friends
9/9 - Health Fair with Southern IL Healthcare Foundation
9/16 - Shop the Market with Dr. Katie for healthy food prep tips
9/23 - Canine Carnival with SNIP Alliance
9/30 - Tailgate Sale with Alton Park & Recreation
10/7 - Live Music From The House Band
10/14 - Pumpkin painting with Party on Broadway

Donation-based Yoga will be offered from 8:15 - 9:15 with River Bend Yoga instructor Tamika Jackson on the following Saturdays:
May 20th, 27th  
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Aug 19th, 26th
Sept 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
October 7th and 14th

This year marks the 25th 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. 

Alton Main Street aims to improve access to healthy food thanks to the Illinois EBT Wireless Project grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) will be accepted by many vendors. The goal is to boost the sale of Illinois-grown food and provide access to fresh produce to low-income residents by enabling Farmers’ Markets to accept federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Starting in July, Senior Services Plus will be distributing Senior Nutrition Coupons at the Saturday Market, which are vouchers for $25 worth of free produce to seniors 60+ who fit income guidelines. For more information on that program, please contact SSP at 465-3298.

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. You can receive reminders on what produce is in season, plus upcoming entertainment and activities at: www.facebook.com/AltonFarmersMarket or on the Twitter account @AltonMarket.