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Peoria Riverfront Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

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The Saturday farmer’s market in downtown Peoria is celebrating National Farmers Market Week. There will be special attractions including live music and giveaways to highlight the economic and public health benefits of the increasingly popular form of commerce.


State Senator Dave Koehler is speaking on the subject before the Farmers Market Chopped Cooking Competition at 10:00a.m. He’s also expected to talk about The Riverfront Market being one of many farmer’s markets nationwide authorized to accept food stamps or Illinois Link Cards.

National Farmers Market Week aims to highlight the impact of farmer’s markets on local economies. A 2011 USDA report says growers selling local create about thirteen farm jobs per million dollars in revenue. Those not selling local create three.

The report also says such venues have increased by more than 60-percent since 2009. The agency estimates more than 8,500 Farmer’s Markets nationwide.   

The Peoria Riverfront Market is Saturday, August 6,  2016 from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. on Water Street, across from the Riverfront Museum.