By Jeremy Culver, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
When you shop for produce, do you know where yours is grown?
Tuesday kicks off the Historic Quincy Business District Farmer's Market. The market runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday.
Residents can talk with vendors before purchasing goods. Executive Director Travis Brown with the Historic Quincy Business District said this gives buyers an advantage.
"The nice part about our farmer's market is you can come and basically interview your grower," Brown said. "You can talk to them about what kind of fertilizers they're using, what kind of pesticides they're using, if any, and what they're putting on their produce. So you can go home with a great deal of certainty that you know exactly what went into the growing of your produce," Brown said.
Brown said this gives an advantage over supermarkets. The food at supermarkets may be fresh, but it may take a few days to a week before it gets to the store. Brown said farmer's market sales are more than just your typical sale.
"We have people that will work with farmers and say 'I can't make it to this meeting' or 'I can't make it to the market on Tuesday. Can you bring stuff for me on Saturday? Can you drop it by my house?' and our farmers take care to go that extra mile to do that," Brown said.
The farmer's market runs into the fall.
Brown says the event is great for the community and the downtown business area.
The Adams County Health Department works closely with the farmer's market. This is to make sure all the food meets health guidelines.
To sign up to sell at the Farmer's Market, just download the Farmer's Market handbook from the Quincy Business District's website. As long as you grow or hand craft your goods, Brown said you are invited to participate.