The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Illinois Products Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Thursday, May 13 from 4-7 p.m. at The Shed on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“If there is one silver lining to this past year, it is how aware we have become about where our food comes from,” said Jerry Costello II, director of Illinois Department of Agriculture. “Fresh local foods have become a priority, and our Illinois Products Farmers’ Market offers a great variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meats and much more every week.”

The 2021 Illinois Products Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintner Association, AARP Illinois and Garden Illinois. Marketgoers will experience a family friendly atmosphere with an array of vendors and a different food truck each week. Free live entertainment returns for the 2021 season and new this year are drawings for Garden Illinois plants, drawings for $10 in Market Cash and chances to win an AARP Illinois Products basket each week.

The Illinois Products Farmers’ Market will be held weekly through Oct. 14, excluding the two Thursdays during the Illinois State Fair.

All products sold at the Illinois Products Farmers’ Market are processed, produced or packaged by a vendor in the state of Illinois. Space is still available if you are interested in participating as a vendor at the 2021 market. For applications, please contact agr.farmersmarket@illinois.gov