Farmers' Market begins June 14

Monticello Main Street’s Farmers’ Market is set to host its season kick-off event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 on State Street in downtown Monticello, in front of the Community Building, with expanded entertainment and education, thanks in large part to Market sponsor, Kirby Medical Center.

The community is invited to enjoy the special kick-off festivities, and return each Thursday through Oct. 4 for fresh, locally grown and made products. This year’s Market features many of the mainstay farmers and makers, and welcomes a few newcomers as well.

“The 2018 Market season promises to be filled with variety, quality, education and a bit of fun, too,” said Amanda Pankau, Monticello Farmers’ Market Manager. “We’ve launched a Facebook sign-up for local musicians who want to gain exposure, and we’ll have some educational programming from Kirby, in addition to Fusilli Tony’s Italian Food Truck, and a great mix of vendors offering produce, plants, breads, honey, and more.”

The June 14 market kick-off celebration includes a visit from Kirby the Derby Horse, who will greet Market-goers and have Market scavenger hunt sheets to encourage healthy eating and food exploration in a creative way. Parents are encouraged to thoughtfully share in the interactive experience with their children all season long. A Kirby ambulance will also make a stop for fun, hands-on learning. Kathleen Baran, dietitian at Kirby Medical Center, is slated to offer expert tips and will be available to answer questions from the community, and Cross-Fit KMC, director and head coach, Josh Newton, will also join the fun with a free Cross-Fit prep course to raffle off

“It is our long-standing tradition to care for the community,” said Heidi Apperson, Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “There’s a natural and clear connection between the farmers’ market and supporting our community’s health and wellness.”

The Monticello Area Arts Council welcomes market visitors to its table for arts and crafts projects, and for a chance to view and purchase local artists’ work. The UI Extension Horticulture and Master Gardeners if DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties will have garden and plant information to support the average home gardener this growing season.

Market vendors will include: Backyard Beauty, Blue in Green Photography, Boyer Homestead, Great Harvest Bread Company Champaign, Henhouse Farms, Moonlight Bakery, Natural products by Karin, New Hope Farms, Sager Farms, Twin Silos Farm, Winding Creek Farm, Buds n’ Blooms and Double B Meats.

Yoga Off the Square begins immediately following the Market in the Community Building.

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