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Enjoy Everything Southeastern Illinois has to Offer!

Enjoy the bounty from Southeastern Illinois farms and gardens at local markets where farmers still sell their seasonal crops of fruits and vegetables directly to customers.

Have fun exploring each market and discovering the most flavorful farm-fresh produce, including sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, squash, cucumbers, apples, peaches and more!

Picking the perfect piece of fruit or the freshest vegetables is easy, too -- if you know what to look for. Here are a few tips for some popular favorites:

Cucumbers

Make sure they are green all over and not too big. Yellow streaks mean a bitter gherkin.

Corn

Peel the shuck back and gently use the pad (not the nail) of your thumb to press the kernels; if they give under pressure the ear will be sweet. Avoid shriveled kernels.

Peaches

Look for a uniform, rosy color. Soft spots mean trouble, but tiny holes or brown spots are all right.

Squash

Bigger, in the case of squash, isn't better. Yellow squash under six inches long can be eaten raw (but keep in mind, the big fellows do make excellent relish).

Tomatoes

They should be bright red all over and free from cracks and worm damage. The skin should be firm, not mushy.

Cantaloupe

The ripe cantaloupe is golden all over -- if the ridges are green, the fruit isn't ripe. And cantaloupe won't ripen off the vine, like some fruits will.

Watermelon

Check the melon's "belly." If it?s yellow, the fruit is overripe. If it's cream-colored, it's just right.

Southeastern Illinois Farmers Markets

Edwards County Farmers Market - in Albion

350 N. 7th St. (Southeast corner of square), Albion

Open: July - September on Fridays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


618/445-2934

Edwards County Farmers Market - in West Salem

Town Square, West Salem

Open: May - October on Fridays 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


618/456-3167

Jasper County Farmers Market

Court House Square, Newton

Mid June - October on Saturdays, 7:00 AM to Noon.


618-783-3399

Lawrence County Farmers Market

619 12th Street, Lawrenceville

Open: West side of Courthouse Square: May - October 6:00 AM - Noon on Tuesdays and Fridays


618/943-3516
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Richland County Farmers Market - in Noble

Village Park, Noble

Open: July - September on Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM


618/723-2212

Richland County Farmers Market - in Olney

Olney City Park, Olney

Open: June to October, Tuesday & Friday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM


618/392-2241
618/869-2885

Wabash County Farmers Market

City Hall Parking lot, Mount Carmel

Open: July through September 7:00 AM to Noon, Wednesday & Saturdays.


618/262-5116

Wayne County Farmers Market - in Fairfield

Courthouse Square & old Wal-Mart parking lot, Fairfield

Open: Mid-June-Sept., Wed & Sat., , 7 am to Noon


618/842-3702

White County Farmers Market - in Carmi

Location TBA, Carmi

Open: June Through September Saturdays 7:00 AM to Noon

Call the Carmi Chamber of Commerce at 618/382-7606 for details.


618/382-7606