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Peoria Farmers Market at Metro Centre
May 1-October 31, Monday – Saturday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out)
Metro Centre, 4700 N. University
Phone: 692-6690
Online: shopmetrocentre.com

In early May, look for flowers, plants and early vegetables. On June 7, there will be an official Grand Opening Day – anyone who donates a canned good will receive an all-natural canvas bag for shopping at the market. Major vendors will return, including a few that are certified organic.

Peoria Heights Farmer’s Market
June 17-October 8, Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Heritage Square, 4450 N. Prospect Rd.
Phone: 657-3937
Online: itshappeningintheheights.com

This new farmers’ market will have 12 to 18 vendors featuring only locally grown vegetables, fruits, wildflowers and much more. Entertainment includes culinary demonstrations and jazz performances. Official grand opening is July 2 and will feature food vendors and live entertainment.

Peoria’s Riverfront Market
June 6 – September 27, Saturdays
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront, lot across from IL Antique Center Phone: 671-5555
Online: peoriariverfront.com
Everything is locally grown in central Illinois including produce, meats, eggs and honey. Plus, local cheese makers, and artists.

Pekin Main Street’s Downtown Farmer’s Market
July 10 – September 13
Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. til sold out
Courthouse Square, Capitol Street, Pekin
Phone: 353-3100
Online: pekintourism.com

Annual market offers fresh produce, local producers, organic foods, baked goods and crafts.

Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market
May 17 – October 25 , Saturdays
7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Main Street, Downtown Bloomington
Phone: 829-9599
Online: downtownbloomington.org

For more information at the market, stop their information booth, which can help you locate many organic and chemical free items. Before you go, check out their website which lists market vendors and what’s in season that week. Local producers and growers only.