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Best Finds at the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market

January 20, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market is a great way to support local farmers and makers as well as keep local produce in your diet. During the winter months, we sometimes lose sight of how important access to fresh, locally-grown food truly is for our diets and community. Luckily, you can visit Lincoln Square Mall on Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Here are some of the best finds you can expect when you stop by the indoor market!

champaign-urbana winter farmers market favorites

At the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market, you can find just about everything you'd enjoy from the markets we enjoy in the summer and fall. From local grows to unbelievable bakes, you have some great options at this Outside of Ordinary indoor market. 

Let's kick things off in a big way with a shoutout to Harden Bison Ranch! A mainstay at area farmers markets, this method of meat production is more sustainable and less polluting than conventional methods. Plus, it tastes incredible no matter how you prepare it! Residents also love Triple S Farms, who is a must-stop when you have a craving for pork, beef, eggs, and a few surprises each week. Why stop at meat? The Central Illinois Bakehouse stall is always one of the hottest stops at any area farmers market. The same goes for the indoor market, where you can find fresh bakes of bread, bagels, and more. 

Flyway Family Farms is a great stop for mushroom lovers. At this stall, you can shop fresh, gourmet mushrooms grown in the heart of Southern Illinois, plus a variety of homemade products and mushroom tinctures. Havilah Gardens Micro Farm is another vendor worth checking out, especially if you love incorporating unique veggies and fruits into your weekly meal planning. Koss Family Farms also sells fresh greens that you can find in the Rantoul and Monticello County Market's! Skip the trip to the store and grab some fresh lettuce as you shop the Indoor Farmers Market.

Sola Gratia Farm is another well-known favorite present at the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market at Lincoln Square Mall. Be sure to stock up on delicious veggies at this stall while shopping. Diamond's Homestead is another vendor at the market you'll want to peruse. These farm-fresh microgreens come way of a farm started in 2018 with the intention to bring fresh, local produce to residents at an affordable price. If you're wanting to pick something up that's not food-related, then spruce up your home with a bouquet from Illinois Willows! These gorgeous locally-grown flowers are a great way to bring some life into your home during the cold winter months.

Visit the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. at Lincoln Square Mall. Vendors are subject to change week-to-week, so keep an eye on the Facebook Event for the latest updates. 

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