Summer Farmers Market Now Open on Thursdays Through Sept. 18

Joliet Junior College’s second annual summer Farmers Market kicked off on May 29 with beautiful sunny skies, more than 20 vendors and a crowd of more than 600 shoppers.

The 2014 Farmers Market will run on Thursdays through Sept. 18 (except July 3), 2 to 6 p.m. at the Greenhouse Facility on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

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“We are very excited to be hosting our second summer Farmers Market,” said Horticulture Professor Donna Theimer. “Not only does the market provide business opportunities for local vendors and small businesses, but it provides the community with access to fresh, locally produced food and produce.”

Approximately 25 local vendors are expected to participate this year, offering products like fresh produce, specialty baked goods, artisan cheeses, pasture-raised meats, handmade soaps, and much more (see the current vendor list below).

The Farmers Market accepts Illinois SNAP/LINK funds for eligible items, and most forms of debit and credit cards in addition to cash. Those who wish to use LINK card funds at the Farmers Market should visit Market Manager Dorothy Rosier during a market day, specify the amount of funds they wish to spend, and they will then receive a corresponding amount of tokens which can be used at the market for LINK card approved items such as fresh produce. Additionally, this year, LINK card users will be able to receive up to an additional $10 in tokens to spend at the Farmers Market thanks to a matching program organized by the JJC Foundation. Donors who provided the funds for the matching program are Shorewood HUGS, Holly Club of Joliet, and the Rotary Club of Joliet. In both cases, tokens can be used on a future market day and do not have to be spent the day they are received.

Opening day video

This is the second year JJC will host a weekly farmers market in the summer thanks to a $92,000 grant awarded to the college in 2012 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).

JJC was the only community college in the nation to receive grant funding from this program, and was one of 131 projects in 39 states to receive funding under the USDA’s FMPP. The grants are targeted to help increase and strengthen direct producer-to-consumer marketing channels. Through a competitive grants application process, FMPP funds marketing proposals not only for farmers markets but also for community-supported agriculture programs.

For more information, contact Dorothy Rosier at drosier@jjc.edu or 815-280-6622.

 

Vendor*

Products

Albo Acres

Alpaca fiber garments and toys

Arnold’s Farm

Frozen cuts of beef, pork, & chicken, grilled sausage, pulled pork and/or italian beef sandwiches.

Auntie Vee’s Cupcakes

Cupcakes, cookies, pies

Buddy’s Biscuit Bakery

All natural dog treats

Country Pond Gardens

Assorted fresh vegetables.

Dee Dee’s Delights

Cookies, brownies, peanut butter cups.

Drover Trail Natural Farm

fresh produce, lettuce spinach,tomato,pepper, onion, potato, garlic, squash, radish, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, kale, grn beans, snap peas, asparagus, swiss chard, beets, carrots, rutabaga, kohlrabi, flowers, fresh eggs, honey.

Enjoi Bakery

Cookies, cakes, brownies

Grow Tower Gardens

tower garden set-up

Harrison L. Frazier

Fresh corn

Lange’s Farm

vegetable varieties

Mr. Salty

Flavors of fresh made kettlecorn, lemon shake-ups, cotton candy, nachos, etc.

Nuts for Soap, Inc.

soap, serums, lotions, balms, all handmade.

The Olive Gallery

Specialty oils, balsamic vinegars, spices.

Parmesans Woodstone Pizza

pizza by the slice, take& bake pizza, pizza pop (stuffed pizza breads), assorted fresh pastry, cheesy breads, pesto sauce, flat breads.

Ms P’s Gfree

Gluten free cakes, cookies, ,muffins, pies

Real Appeal, Inc.

Gluten free packaged goods

Richs Sharpening Service Inc.

knife and tool sharpening service

Sinfully Delicious

gluten free baked goods

Sunset Growers

Greenhouse Plants

Sweetchick Soapery

Handmade artisan soap, bodybutter, bubble bath bars

Will County Land Use

Willcountygreen.com

Stamper Cheese

Artisan Cheese

The Private Bank

Promote Local Bank

*Vendor list subject to change.

 

 

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