Thursday, November 29, 2012

First Market Line-up:

We are so excited to see you all this Saturday! Look for these fine vendors at the first Winter Farmer's Market, December 1st, 2012:

1. Flyway Family Farm: Oyster Mushrooms, lettuces, and other goodies
2. Southern Illinois Writer's Guild: Books from local authors and of local interest
3. Leepy's Gourmet Foods: Preserved/canned foods including jams and all things picked
4. Juicing Bar: Fresh juice made to order!
5. Dayempur Herbals: Skin Care, wellness essentials and herbal concoctions
6. Buckton Pots: pottery that uses nature images on food safe, handmade tableware
7. Cooley Farm: Eggs, paper shell pecans
8. River to River Farm: beets, spinach, garlic, pea shoots, turnips, dragon tongue green beans, and winter greens.
9. Frontwards Farm: an assortment of cool weather veggies
10. Farmhouse Studio: felted goods
11. Angie's Farm: Honey and more.
12. Buila Family Farm: Tomatoes, spicy greens mix, hot peppers, hearty greens and more
13. Mustard Seed Sowers Farm: Osaka Mustard & Turnip greens, kale, fresh and dried herbs
14. Roundabout Farm: butternut squash, leeks, parsley, cilantro, and garlic
15. Sweitzer Produce: sweet potatoes, new potatoes, turnips, winter squashes, daikon
16. Lingle Farm: Cauliflower Broccoli , tomatoes, cabbage.

With musical guest(s) all day!
Thanks for the support, publicity, interest and hard work! See you all at the Market!
Look for the wonderful signs donated by Attitude Designs! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 1st = Busy Day!

What a jam packed Saturday! There are so many opportunities for folks to support local entities!

- Start your day with the FIRST Winter Farmer's Market from 9am-1pm at Attucks park! stock up on tasty local veggies and prepare to be amazed at what can be grown in these cool months!
- Pop over to the Carbondale Police's bike auction being held right up the road at Thomas School! (in the cafeteria, the space that the Winter Market will occupy every Saturday after this weekend!)
- After the Market, see Sarah Shoot from Frontwards Farm at her trunk show at Dayshift! (she'll have things for purchase at the Market too!)
- THEN (after a nap, if you're me...) we'll see you at the Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Publicity in the Daily Egyptian and River Region News!

The Winter Farmer's Market was featured on the front page of today's Daily Egyptian newspaper! Thanks to Tai Cox for a great article! Check it out here!

Sarah and Elissa were also on SIU's River Region News tonight! I'm having some trouble accessing the webpage, but as soon as I can come across a clip I'll post it for all to see!

This is looking like a wonderful first market full of fresh produce, skincare, preserved foods and some surprises! Check back here all week to find out more of what you'll see at the market this weekend!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Article in the Southern Illinoisan

Check out this article in the Saturday Southern Illinoisan! Norris interviewed Market Organizers Sarah Heyer and Elissa Johnson and had lot's of great things to say about what you can expect to see at the Winter Farmer's Market!

Loving Local!

Your local growers and artisans will thank you! Do your holiday shopping at the Winter Farmer's Market beginning December 1st, 9am-1pm! Check back here throughout the week for a list of vendors and what you can expect to see for sale at the FIRST market of the season!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We like you too

104 "likes" on the Winter Farmer's Market Facebook page today! Thanks to everyone who is helping to get the word out! If you'd like to volunteer we could sure use some hands, especially for the first day as we get to know our space. We have some fun things up our sleeves, so be in touch if you'd like to get involved!

It was a warm weekend, Hopefully our wonderful growers saw happy plants! If you'd like to vend at the Market check out this post then be in touch! We'll get a vendor application/registration to you once we've received your information.

in the meantime, check out our publicity around the region!
KFVS12 Community News
Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

Have you seen press about the Winter Farmer's Market? Let us know! 

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Market Mapped!

We made a Market Map tonight folks! Looks like we'll have space for around 16 vendors! (unless of course we over estimated the vendor's needs of a 10x10 space. Maybe more will fit!)

Keep checking our facebook page! And e-mail us at if you'd like to volunteer, vend or have access to a color printer! Just kidding about the printer... sort of...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Info for vendors

The first round of fliers went out this weekend at the Carbondale Farmer's Market in Murdale! It was exciting to receive such support from future patrons and vendors! As interest grows, here are some steps to follow and some specific information if you'd like to be a vendor:
  • Consider your product. The Winter Farmer's Market is gathering growers of fresh produce and locally raised meats first. Then we hope to round out the market with food related products (such as prepared or preserved foods, craft items, kitchen ware, jewelry, etc.)
  • Send us a message expressing your interest! Use the new gmail account: , or send us a message on facebook: Please include your name, the name of your business, what it is specifically that you hope to sell (kale? beets? carrots? squashes? ceramic mugs? wooden spoons? glass necklace charms?) and the best ways to be in contact including phone #'s, email addresses and website info.
  • Space is limited as we are indoors and smaller than the larger summer Murdale market. We will try to get everyone who shows an interest a spot, however this may mean that you must stagger weeks. The market managers will do their best to organize the market in the space and time allowed. We are interested in working with folks who are flexible and who are willing to work with us to create a successful inaugural year for the Winter Farmer's Market!
  • All spots are a standard 10x10 unless otherwise noted. If you require less space please let us know! We hope to fit in as many vendors as possible!
  • No tents necessary! We're not making anyone sit outside in February, so there's no need to set up your tent.
  • As far as we know, you will be responsible for supplying your own tables/stands/buckets/shelves and any other equipment you need for your 10x10 spot. 
  • All vendors are asked to clean up their spot after use. We are very thankful to Linda Flowers and the Thomas School for being so generous with their space! Please help the Winter Farmer's Market take care of it!
We're so excited to jump into market time! We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Winter Farmer's Market in Carbondale!

We're excited to announce the Winter Farmer's Market in Carbondale, IL! Many growers are using advanced growing techniques that extend their growing season clear through the winter months. Local artisans and crafters keep their work flowing through the holidays. 

The Winter Farmer's Market is a place for growers, artisans, and food and community lovers of all kinds to come together once a week, buy fresh produce, prepared goods, food-related products, crafts and more! Check this page weekly (or more often!) to find out who'll be selling at the market that week, winter market news, and other fun things regarding local food and community!

Be sure to check out the "About the Market" tab to read about how it all came together, and the "Be involved" tab to learn how your business can become a vendor and how you or your group can become official Winter Market Volunteers!

Also, be sure to "like" us on facebook at

December 1st through March 23rd
At the Thomas School in Carbondale

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