Belleville’s Old Town Farmers’ Market is ready to kick-off its 20th Season on May 4th with what will be the best year ever! The Market pops up every Saturday through November 2nd from 7:30 am—noon on the first Block of South Charles. In addition to many of the loyal vendors that have been with us from the start like the Turkey Hill Grange, we have many new vendors to supply you with all you need! But what else do we have to offer new this year?
- Live music will again be provided to Market goers from 9 am—noon each Saturday. This has been made possible through the kind support of Kathy Mordini—Avenue Realty Associates, David C. Slimack—State Farm, and Mark Dill—Lender with US Bank.
- The City of Belleville has kindly provided the Market with a much needed storage option. When the City acquired land to expand the parking lot next to the Market, they agreed to partner with the Market and allow an existing building to be used for storage and as a source of electricity. (Great idea, Lori Powell!) This is a HUGE donation to the market and we truly appreciate it.
- The Market has always wanted to provide healthy food alternatives to all members of our community. Spearheaded by Amy Funk of the University of Illinois Extension Office, in coordination with the Chronic Disease Prevention Workgroup, and graciously funded by St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, we will be able to accept SNAP cards for the first time!
All of this couldn’t have happened without the support of “The Friends of The Old Town Market”, a group of dedicated volunteers who provided ideas, human power, contacts, vendor solicitation and more! If you’d like to stay updated on how you can help out, please follow the Belleville Old Town Farmer’s Market on Facebook, and join the Facebook group “Friends of the Old Town Market”.