Farmer’s Markets are a good asset to Fairbury. Currently, there is a Farmer’s Market at Fairview Haven (605 N. 4th St., Fairbury) on Wednesday mornings and one on Saturday mornings at 403 S. Webster St., (by the Sewing Service) along Route 24 in Fairbury.
We are fortunate that we don’t have to go far to get our fresh produce. Having this available in town twice per week is truly a benefit to living here.
So much garden produce, eggs, and meat is produced by our local farmers, and these farmer’s markets are a great way to showcase what is produced here. Besides locally-raised food, the markets also boast delicious baked goods, too.
At the recent markets, there were fresh potatoes, snap peas, green beans, summer squash, kale, carrots, onions, lettuces, and more! One farmer had a neat idea and made up a “Salsa Box” which included tomatoes, peppers, and onions – it’s chop, chop, chop and you have your salsa!
Also, recently, Cascade Gardens donated some fresh eggs as they were headed off on vacation. Have you noticed the difference between a farm-fresh egg and one from the store? The yolks of eggs from free-range chickens are a beautiful yellow, almost an orange color. They certainly make bright yellow deviled eggs, and they taste wonderful.
Both markets have delicious baked goods produced by some of the farmers – coffeecakes, caramel rolls, cinnamon rolls, and often fruit pies and cookies. Fresh flower arrangements were also sold recently. The arrangements were absolutely beautiful.
“You are missing out if you don’t frequent these markets,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops group in Fairbury.
On either Wednesday or Saturday mornings, be sure to stop and visit these markets. Meet some of the folks who have their hands in producing this fresh food. Learn how a majority of the locally-raised produce is sold to restaurants in Chicago, Champaign and Peoria. Visiting with the local farmers is an attraction and an experience in itself!