A list of Downstate winter markets

November 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Downstate: You believe Illinois ends at the Ohio River.

Chicago: You believe Illinois ends at Interstate 80.

While living in Downstate Illinois, a common refrain that I have heard is that most of the focus in Illinois is on Chicago. Sometimes Downstate communities feel left out. We here at the Local Beet would like to show that Downstate locavores are as important to us as their Chicago Area brethren.

In that vein, the following is a list of upcoming holiday and indoor markets happening in Downstate Illinois. If you live Downstate, or you are traveling Downstate for the holidays, we hope that you will visit one of these fineĀ farmers markets:

Peoria Methodist Atrium Farmers Market

Season: October-December

When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month

Time: 2- 5 p.m.

Where: Methodist Medical Center Atrium, 900 Main Street, Peoria, IL



Streator Holiday Markets

When: Saturday, November 28th

Time: 10am-4pm

Where: Downtown Streator


Springfield Holiday Farmers Market

When: Saturday, Dec. 19th

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Expo Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL. (Changed from Illinois Building in the ad)


Downtown Bloomington Indoor Markets

Season: December-April

When: 3rd Saturday of every month

Time: 10 a.m – 1 p.m.

Where: U. S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St.


Urbana Holiday Markets

Season: November 14-December 19 (six weeks)

When: Every Saturday morning

Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana


Urbana Middle Markets

Season: January-April

When: 3rd Saturday of every month

Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana


Carbondale Community Farmers Market

Season: Winter Indoor Market begins Nov. 7th

When: Saturdays

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Carbondale Community High School, Walnut Street Entrance


Some information provided by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance