There are at least three Farmers Markets that operate on a regular basis in the Riverbend, and the one in Alton that is held every Saturday is gearing up for a new location – its third in four years.  There are high hopes the markets will not only serve an area clientele, nut also draw shoppers from outside the area, according to local tourism officials.

The markets regularly feature locally grown or produced products including produce, craft items, plants and flowers.  The Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Jong Cambron says the one in Alton also features artisans.

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The Alton market is every Saturday at the corner of Henry Street and Landmarks Boulevard from early June through mid-October.  Jerseyville’s market is at the Jerseyville Public Library parking lot and is held on Tuesdays.  In Wood River, Thursdays are the day at the parking lot on Madison Avenue.  For more information, call the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 1-800-ALTON-IL.

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