JJC Farmers Market Hosts Back-to-School Fair Aug. 7

The public is invited to attend the Back-to-School Fair Thursday, Aug. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College Greenhouse on Houbolt Road in conjunction with the weekly Farmers Market.

The JJC Farmers Market

The fair will provide visitors and their families the opportunity to learn about the programs offered at JJC through tours and demonstrations. One demonstration, provided by the JJC Culinary Arts Department, will teach visitors how to cook a delicious treat.

Giveaways will also be available – from free products such as lunch bags, fun flyers, pencils, fruit infused drink cups, to a detoxifying foot bath given away by the Healthy Connection Physical Medicine of Lockport and a rain barrel, given away by the Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District and the Will County Land Use Department.

Sandwiches, funnel cakes, pizza, fruit smoothies, kettle corn, lemon shake-ups, and other food will also be available. JJC Farmers Market vendors will have plenty of fresh offerings for attendees to purchase as well.

See photos of the JJC Farmers Market

“We want to invite community members to come and not only check out the wonderful array of local vendors we have at the JJC Farmers Market, but also get to know what else JJC has to offer,” said Horticulture Professor Donna Theimer. “We’ve got live demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to show learners of all ages what a great resource JJC is to the community.”

Activities at the fair will include:

  • Free face painting
  • Free hayrack rides
  • Touch a Truck hosted by the local S.W.A.T. team
  • Explore the Joliet Fire Truck and Ambulance
  • JJC Police Department Self-Defense Demonstration
  • Worm composting demonstration hosted by a University of Illinois Master Composter
  • JJC Culinary arts demonstration

In addition to cash and credit/debit cards, the Farmers Market also accepts LINK cards. For more information, visit www.jjc.edu/info/farmersmarket. LINK card users are eligible to receive an additional $10 in tokens thanks to generous donations made by area community groups.

JJC’s Farmers Market will feature more than 25 vendors of locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and handcrafted products.

For more information about the fair, contact Donna Theimer at dtheimer@jjc.edu or 815-280-2276.

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