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Champaign Farmers Market Kicks Off May 16th
May 2, 2017
People will have another delicious reason to visit downtown Champaign on Tuesday nights starting on May 16. Returning for its third season, the Champaign Farmers’ Market will take place in the parking lot at 310-330 N. Neil, immediately adjacent to the plaza at 1 West Main, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from May 16 through October 31, with the exception of July 4.
“Our first two seasons have been a very encouraging success, and we are particularly thrilled to help make locally grown, in-season produce more affordable and accessible to our whole community,” said Sarah Simeziane, farmers’ market manager at The Land Connection.
The market operates a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) doubling program, which matches SNAP purchases up to $20 per week. “In our second season we saw over twice as many families use the program on a regular basis and gave out three times as much money in matching funds,” notes Simeziane. This season the Champaign Farmers’ Market will offer Triple Link Tuesdays, with additional matching funds available on the second Tuesday of each month, allowing SNAP recipients to triple their purchases once per month.
The 2017 market will feature vendors selling locally grown, raised, or produced food and farm products, including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, honey, flowers, baked goods, desserts, and more. The Market also offers opportunities to taste different seasonal products and enjoy cooking demonstrations in conjunction with local chefs.
This season, The Land Connection is also launching a new monthly children’s program: Market Seedlings. On the last Tuesday of each month, Market Seedlings will feature special cooking demonstrations with fun and easy recipe ideas for families, special taste tests, and an art project for the kids.
The Champaign Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market, and in line with the mission of The Land Connection, a Champaign-based nonprofit dedicated to training farmers and preserving farmland, everything to be sold at the market will be grown, raised or produced locally.