Farmer's Markets Champaign IL

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Champaign County Fair farmers Market
(217) 439-0406
Country Fair Shopping Center 229 S . Mattis Ave; 229 Mattis Ave
Champaign, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
wensday 7:00am-12:00pm

First Market in Mahomet
(217) 586-1333
Main St., across from the Fire Station; P.O. Box 410
Mahomet, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Champaign

Monticello Main Street Farmers Market
(217) 762-3661
State and Livinston Streets; P.O. Box 392
Monticello, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Piatt

Flora Farmers Market
(618) 662-5645
122 N. Main Street in the Library Lawn; 122 N. Main Street
Flora, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
County
Clay

Orangville Farmers Market
(815) 540-8906
Richland /creek Trailhead W. High St; ewing street at High road
Orangville, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Satrurday 8:00am-12:00

Urbana Market at the Square
(217) 384-2319
Corner of Illinois & Vine Streets; 400 S. Vine St.
Urbana, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
County
Champaign

Rantoul Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market
(217) 893-3323
Parking lot of Country Tyme Lanes (Rt. 136 East); 100 W. Sangamon Avenue, S
Rantoul, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-November Friday, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
Champaign

Des Plaines Community Senior Center Market
(847) 391-5717
Downtown at Library Plaza, 1501 Ellinwood; 55 E. Northwest Highway
Des Plaines, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
County
Cook

Downtown Normal Trailside Farmers Market
(309) 829-9599
On the Square; 200 West Monroe
Normal, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 6:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
County
McLean

Downs Village Market
(309) 378-4223
South Edge of Downs, just off of Rt. I74; 306 N. Seminary
Downs, IL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
McLean

Tips for Growing the Perfect Tomato

Last weekend, I bought something at the farmers’ market that got me so excited I went way over budget and didn’t even wait until I got home to dig into my purchase. What got me so amped up amid crowds of pushy people before I’d even finished my morning coffee? The advent of tomato season, of course.

Farmers’ market tomatoes are a different breed—figuratively and often literally—than the hard, packaged ones in the grocery stores’ year-round produce section. They’re multicolored, they range in size from that of a Ping-Pong ball to that of a grapefruit, and the taste (oh, the taste!) is fruity, sweet, and silky all at the same time. My ode to fresh tomatoes would be one of undying love if it weren’t for the price: my breathless purchase set me back ten bucks. This got me thinking: could I grow my own tomatoes and feed my craving for the fruit while saving money—and cultivate my own green thumb at the same time?

To find out what it really takes to grow a good tomato, I consulted Penny Granberg, a grower who, according to local opinion, consistently grows the farmers’ markets’ juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes.

Should Any Home Gardener Give It a Try?
Turns out, tomatoes are one of the top crops in home gardens, since they’re easy to grow , compared with other fruits and veggies. And don’t think that tomato growing is just for Californians or Floridians—tomatoes are cold-tolerant to a certain extent. To help out gardeners nationwide with just this dilemma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the plant hardiness zone map , which divides North America into eleven zones, ranked by how cold they are (zone one being the coldest). If you look up a plant, like a certain type of tomato, it will tell you whether that plant will survive in your region. For example, one type of tomato might be cold-tolerant to zone seven, so if you live in zones seven through eleven, that’s a type that’s worth a try.

There are two basic types of tomatoes from which to choose: determinant varieties, which stop growing new vines when flowering begins (leading to a large, single crop), or indeterminate varieties, which continue to add new growth throughout the season (usually from midsummer until the first frost).

Plan for Planting
Feeling ambitious enough to start from seed? “Plant them in April,” recommends Granberg, whose Rose Lane Farm in California grows about 1,800 tomato plants each year. “Otherwise, a late frost will ruin them.” Granberg says it’s best to start from seed, but if you lack the timing or patience (or green thumb, like I do), she says, buying a young plant from a reputable nursery is also a fine way to get started, especially for first-timers.

Granberg recommends planting in April because it’s crucial to wait until any possibility of frost has passed. Check with your local garden store to find out an ideal planting time for your area.

Room to Grow
We associate tomatoes with summer because they’re warm-weather produce, which ...

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