Residents shop local at farmers markets around Central Illinois ahead of Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 8:12 PM CST
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (25 NEWS) - Thanksgiving is right around the corner and local farmers markets got in the spirit Saturday to help get people prepared for the big day.

The Peoria Riverfront Market held its 4th annual Thanksgiving event as part of its final round before the end of the season.

More than 40 local vendors were on hand with fall produce, specialty baked goods and local arts and crafts.

“We are a producers-only market, so everything must be hand-made or grown by the person who is selling it,” manager of Peoria Riverfront Market Sharon Gramm said.

“We really try to promote local businesses and local artists,” she added.

Gramm said they are still working on a date for the upcoming winter market.

In the meantime, shoppers can look forward to the Riverfront Market making its return in mid-May of 2022.

In McLean County, residents in the Twin Cities got to do some last minute shopping at Downtown Bloomington’s 15th annual Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market at Grossinger Motors Arena.

Customers got to shop around more than two dozen vendors from all around Central Illinois selling baked goods, meat, clothes, vegetables and more.

Downtown development specialist for Bloomington’s Economic Development Department Catherine Dunlap said they were able to welcome more vendors this year after being at smaller capacity for the 2020 farmers market due to the pandemic.

Dunlap said doing last minute Thanksgiving shopping at the market is a great way to support local farmers and businesses.

“It is fabulous to be back almost at full capacity for our event,” Dunlap said.

“The customers are coming out, so we’ve been super excited to have kind of that perfect storm of customers wanting to support our local vendors and being able to have a full house of vendors,” Dunlap added.

The next indoor farmer’s market will be Dec. 18 at Grossinger Motors Arena and Dunlap said a special guest may swing by the market just in time for Christmas.

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