It may have been a hot day in Peoria, but the Hottest place to be was at The Farmers Market on the riverfront. The crowds braved the heat to find the hottest deals on fresh produce, but the best seller this morning was the load of fresh peaches. They were sold out and packed up within an hour of the opening, but never fear there will be more next weekend. The produce offered for sale is the best produced locally, sweet corn ripe and juicy, tomatoes, potatoes, beets and more ripe and ready for your dining pleasure.
We love going to the market on Saturday mornings. There are so many wonderful things to see and do, and so many friends to visit. We always have to stop for a great cup of coffee from Zion Coffee Co. or watch Carol at The Spot serve up her delicious drinks. Heather and I often stop to get a hot pretzel from Swanee’s Soft Pretzel Co. and then stroll thru the market to visit various friends, like Robert Martinez. He is an excellent leather worked and like to check out his new leather creations. Then a visit with the great folks at Popcorn Heaven and sample their new flavors. Our next stop is to check out Tony and his wife at Grandma & Grandpa’s Farm for the latest farming news and produce. Such wonderful people.
As we wander around we love to stop at The Brakers Dozen for the amazing treats. Today we chose Pumpkin bars, a favorite of mine, and a loaf of freshly baked Blueberry Bread. I wonder why I gain weight every summer. Before we left for the morning we enjoyed a delicious cool strawberry cheesecake from Harold Webster of Triple Dipple’s. A fitting treat on a hot day, to cool off. The cheesecake is so delicious, it is melt in your mouth good!
The sights, sounds, artwork, people, aroma of fresh baked goods and homegrown vegetables make the market a location filled with activity. Live music fills the air alongside the scent of produce, flowers and baked goods. Artwork, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, signage, antiques and more line the walkways. It is truly amazing the vendors and the energy at the market.
Please make it a point to visit all of the wonderful people who make the Peoria Riverfront Farmer’s Market possible every week during the summer. You will not regret making the trip.