The Alton Farmers and Artisans Market returns to downtown Alton, starting Saturday at 8 am. Alton Main Street, a local non-profit, organizes the market, which has been in operation for about 24 years. Shoppers will find a wide selection of locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, including heirloom varieties and organically grown crops.
Executive Director of Alton Main Street, Sarah McGibany told The Big Z, that all the food at the Market is producer grown.
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Organizers are also improving access to healthy foods thanks to the Illinois EBT Wireless Project grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant aims to boost the sale of Illinois-grown food and provide access to fresh produce to low-income residents. The markets will be held Saturdays from 8am-Noon, then Wednesdays from 4-7pm on the Argosy lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street.