The Farmer's Markets that have sprung up around the Riverbend are a throwback to how people went grocery shopping in simpler times. Eating what's in season and supporting local business are two keys to the concept, and in Alton, Jerseyville and Wood River, the markets appear to be thriving. Godfrey officials, seeing the success of markets in these neighboring communities, have decided to launch a market of their own.
Every Wednesday from 4pm until dusk, Glazebrook Park will host vendors near the entrance to the park just off of Stamper Lane. Park & Recreation Director Kimberly Caughran says Park Board member Max Heinz was instrumental in getting the ball rolling.
Any item sold must be either locally grown or at least 50-percent homemade to be included in the market. Some Farmer's Markets are set up to accept debit, credit and Link Cards, but Caughran says they are not ready to do that yet.