Farmers markets are a great place to purchase locally grown food, but what happens when the summer ends and the market packs up for the season? Those living in and near Bloomington are fortunate to have an indoor farmers market in the Grossinger Motors Arena starting November 18 and running once per month through April.
Sourcing local produce is a win-win. Not only are you supporting the local grower, but when food doesn’t have to travel far, it can be picked ripe, and eaten soon after harvest, retaining more nutrients and flavor. Sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, onions, garlic, leafy greens, brussels sprouts, apples, carrots, and horseradish, are just a few examples of seasonal produce grown in Illinois. You may also find meat, eggs, honey, and a variety of cottage food, such as baked goods, jams and jellies, and homemade salsas.
The extended season allows local producers to continue building relationships with consumers. Customers can ask questions, such as how the product was grown and what’s the best way to prepare it. Don’t let the end of summer be the end of your farmers market season. Find a winters market and enjoy a bit of warmth while shopping for local goods.
About the Author
Jenna Smith is a Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension, serving Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties. Smith uses her experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist to deliver impactful information and cutting-edge programs to Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties and beyond.