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Illinois Farming Jobs Sustained through Market

Posted on May 12, 2009

Those with Illinois farming jobs will soon have a place to show off the fruits of their labor.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is beginning its Illinois Products Farmers’ Market for the second year. The market will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays May 14 through October 22 at the Commodities Pavilion on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, except during the fair.

The market not only boasts fresh produce, but the public also will have the chance to purchase a number of other products that are produced or processed only in Illinois.

“The Illinois Products Farmers’ Market began the season last year with 13 vendors,” Market Manager Kristi Kenney said in a press release. “We ended the year with more than 60 vendors and are starting this season with more than 30, so we are excited about what this year will bring.”

The market will feature some changes this year, including the way wine is sold. A different vineyard will attend the market each week to promote and sell its wine, which will give guests the chance to talk to the wineries about specific products.

“We expanded upon the traditional farmers’ market rules by allowing not only farmers an opportunity to sell their products, but also companies that produce or process their goods in Illinois,” Agriculture Director Tom Jennings said in the press release. “We view this as a way to offer local consumers a greater variety of fresh, local food products.”

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