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Enjoy Everything Southeastern Illinois has to Offer!

Enjoy the bounty from Southeastern Illinois farms and gardens at local markets where farmers still sell their seasonal crops of fruits and vegetables directly to customers.

Have fun exploring each market and discovering the most flavorful farm-fresh produce, including sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, squash, cucumbers, apples, peaches and more!

Picking the perfect piece of fruit or the freshest vegetables is easy, too -- if you know what to look for. Here are a few tips for some popular favorites:


Make sure they are green all over and not too big. Yellow streaks mean a bitter gherkin.


Peel the shuck back and gently use the pad (not the nail) of your thumb to press the kernels; if they give under pressure the ear will be sweet. Avoid shriveled kernels.


Look for a uniform, rosy color. Soft spots mean trouble, but tiny holes or brown spots are all right.


Bigger, in the case of squash, isn't better. Yellow squash under six inches long can be eaten raw (but keep in mind, the big fellows do make excellent relish).


They should be bright red all over and free from cracks and worm damage. The skin should be firm, not mushy.


The ripe cantaloupe is golden all over -- if the ridges are green, the fruit isn't ripe. And cantaloupe won't ripen off the vine, like some fruits will.


Check the melon's "belly." If it?s yellow, the fruit is overripe. If it's cream-colored, it's just right.

Southeastern Illinois Farmers Markets

Edwards County Farmers Market - in Albion

350 N. 7th St. (Southeast corner of square), Albion

Open: July - September on Fridays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Edwards County Farmers Market - in West Salem

Town Square, West Salem

Open: May - October on Fridays 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Jasper County Farmers Market

Court House Square, Newton

Mid June - October on Saturdays, 7:00 AM to Noon.


Lawrence County Farmers Market

619 12th Street, Lawrenceville

Open: West side of Courthouse Square: May - October 6:00 AM - Noon on Tuesdays and Fridays


Richland County Farmers Market - in Noble

Village Park, Noble

Open: July - September on Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Richland County Farmers Market - in Olney

Olney City Park, Olney

Open: June to October, Tuesday & Friday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Wabash County Farmers Market

City Hall Parking lot, Mount Carmel

Open: July through September 7:00 AM to Noon, Wednesday & Saturdays.


Wayne County Farmers Market - in Fairfield

Courthouse Square & old Wal-Mart parking lot, Fairfield

Open: Mid-June-Sept., Wed & Sat., , 7 am to Noon


White County Farmers Market - in Carmi

Location TBA, Carmi

Open: June Through September Saturdays 7:00 AM to Noon

Call the Carmi Chamber of Commerce at 618/382-7606 for details.