Outdoor farmers markets may be drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of ways to find seasonal produce and check out the local market scene. Many cities host indoor and holiday markets where you can find locally-grown goodness even in the winter months.
Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets
When: Saturday, Nov. 21st and Saturday, Dec. 19th
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL. Learn More
Chase Sanert of Sugar Grove Family Farms holds one of his heritage breed chickens.
A herd of black cats plays alongside a litter of spotted piglets running loose in the farm yard. Chickens waddle closer and cluck as we pass by while cows munch lazily on grass in the hilly distance. An affectionate red Tamworth sow (a mother pig), trots up to the pen as we draw near, eager to have her ears scratched.
Tammy the Tamworth jogs to the fence to say hi.
“This is Tammy. She’s one of our favorites,” Cha...
In late September, 40 students, 2 teachers and a parent from Springfield Ball-Charter School boarded a big, yellow school bus and took the short ride out to Garrick Veenstra’s place in Rochester to experience a morning on the farm. Garrick started the tour by introducing himself and explaining that the farm they were visiting was not only his place of employment, but also his home. A few kids exchanged glances, raised eyebrows and commented on the possibility of living and working somewhere “s...
You will enter through Gate 1, past the Illinois Building (#18 on the map), and go straight past Happy Hollow. The Expo Building (listed as the Exposition Building, #11) will be the second building on the left.
Andy Heck, co-owner of Small Axe Market Gardens, smiles as he holds up mason jars of homemade fermentated veggies, picked from straight off of his farm. And who wouldn't smile if they were able to make something so beautiful and delicious. The art of fermentation is nothing new however. It's been around for ages. In fact, the earliest record of fermentation dates back to...wait for it....6000BC! Even cavemen were fermenting! And since then nearly every culture in the world has made at least on...