This past Saturday Urbana’s Market at the Square began the 2014 season under a bright, beautiful sun. I, like thousands of other folks from the area, was able to stroll around in Lincoln Square Village and take in all the different tables and stalls offering up plants, produce, bottled jams and jellies, and my favorite, freshly baked bread! The most enjoyable part of the whole market were the local performers sprinkled throughout the market providing a welcome opportunity for patrons to interact with each other.
In the previous blog post Magdalena spoke about community and for me that feeling of close community is most present at the local farmers’ market. Farmers markets serve not only as a way for people to purchase locally grown produce but also as a chance for them to connect with others within their communities. Purchasing local goods is an experience that promotes a sense of place, important in making individuals feel tied to their communities. By visiting the weekly farmers’ market one is able to join thousands of residents and visitors to connect with growers. You are able to gather information about local non-profits, schools and other community groups and catch up with your friends and neighbors within the public square atmosphere that the Urbana Market has to offer.
For those who haven’t been to the market, Urbana’s Market at the Square is one of the largest and most diverse farmers’ market in Illinois. This year’s season runs through November 1 and the market is open every Saturday morning 7am-12pm regardless of rain at the corner of Illinois and Vine streets in downtown Urbana. The Land Connection will be at this Saturday’s market (May 10) and we look forward to meeting with community members and connecting with local farmers. The first five folks to stop by and say hi and tag us on social media will get a free tote bag.