Guide to farmer’s markets in the Heartland

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Farmer’s market season is in full swing!

We’ve put together when and where you’ll find your fresh veggies and other unique finds.

Missouri

Cape Girardeau

Fill up on fresh veggies and sweet goodies at the Cape Farmer’s Market through Nov. 15. The market can be found between Macy’s and Goodwill in the Macy’s parking lot. From noon to 5 p.m. you will find fresh produce and homemade offerings all locally sourced throughout the area. It will continue through November.

The Cape Riverfront Market kicked off on Saturday, May 5. The market continued every Saturday through Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. This market features a variety of local vendors, located within a 100-mile radius of Cape Girardeau. You’ll find locally grown farm goods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. That’s not all, though, specialty items range from baked goods to artisan crafts. Bring the whole family to enjoy demonstrations and live music.

Jackson

On Tuesdays, you can find a farmer’s market at the Train Station in Jackson, Mo. It ended for the season on Sept. 25. The market includes seasonal vendors and additional daily vendors selling a variety of products including farm-fresh produce, eggs, meats, baked goods, jams, honey, maple syrup, soaps, and arts and crafts. All products are locally grown, produced or prepared.

Poplar Bluff

The Downtown Poplar Bluff Farmer’s Market offers residents an opportunity to purchase fresh, local produce from local growers. This year the market is teaming up with a new event to kick off the season. Find fresh fruits and veggies, meats eggs, honey, homemade baked goods, handmade crafts and more at the Historic Train Depot on South Main Street. The market officially ended for the season on Oct. 6.

Sikeston

The place to be on Saturday mornings, according to the folks in Sikeston, is at the American Legion Park for the farmer’s market. It officially kicked off on May 5 and runs through Nov. 17. Get fresh food from local growers and more every Saturday until November from 7 a.m. to sellout.

Illinois

Anna

The Anna-Union County Farmer’s Market takes over the former Wallmart parking lot. Shop for local specialties, vegetables, crafts, fruits and organic food. The farmer’s market goes from 7 a.m. to noon and will continue on Wednesdays until October.

Carbondale

The Carbondale Farmer’s Market has been providing fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and meats to Southern Illinois for more than 42 years. The 2018 season will end on Dec. 1. There you’ll find a great selection of baked goods, cultivated mushrooms, pastured eggs, pickled products, salsas, honey, and cheese. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from April through November – rain or shine- at the Westowne Shopping Centre on Carbondale’s west side.

Herrin

Some say Herrin’s farmer’s market is the best in southern Illinois. The market ended on Sept. 29.

Johnston City

In Johnston City, you can shop fresh at the Regional Produce Farmer’s Market on Fridays through Oct. 26. The market will be held every Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. There you’ll find plants, crafts, baked goods, meat, eggs and of course the freshest fruits and veggies. The market is held at 100 E. Broadway Boulevard.

Marion

The Farmer’s Market in Marion is open from 6-10 a.m. each Wednesday and from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Here, you’ll find fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious baked goods.

Mt. Vernon

The Mt. Vernon Market Days occur on the first Saturday of each month between May and September. This season’s dates are May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, and September 1. A variety of vendors have signed up this season including blacksmith items, jewelry, books, sports collectibles, kettle corn, rose bushes, toys, home décor, furniture, pet products, antiques, purses, baked goods, cotton candy, and more. Vendors will be located outdoors in the grassy area on the north side of the Rolland Lewis Building. Admission is free. Children can enjoy several inflatables on May 5 provided by Central Christian Church. Comprehensive Connections will also be holding their Annual Day of Celebration at Veteran’s Park on May 5 with a morning 5K, bingo, family activities, and a hot dog, chips, and drink for $1. Enjoy spring outdoors at Veteran’s Park on May 5. Visit, shop, and enjoy the Market atmosphere at Mt. Vernon’s Market Days! For any questions or additional information contact The Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau at tourism@mtvernon.com or (618) 242-3151. Check out our Facebook Page, Market Days in Mt. Vernon, for event updates!

Murphysboro

In Murphysboro, the Farmer’s Market features locally grown produce, crafts, food vendors, and more only on Tuesdays. It typically runs from Spring to Fall starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The last market day is on Sept. 25 and will start the 2019 season on May 6.

Kentucky

Paducah

The Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market will end its season on Oct. 27. There you will find a variety of local, homegrown products – including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, and dairy products, artisan and baked goods, and good eats from local lunch vendors. Saturdays are full market days. Stroll through North Second and Monroe Streets in historic downtown Paducah from 7:30 a.m. to noon.