Grand opening of Main Street Farmers Market is June 11

Staff reports

Main Street Farmers Market-downtown Aledo opens for business on Thursday, June 11 from 4 - 7 p.m. in Aledo's Central Park parking lot. Local growers and producers will be selling fresh from the farm products, such as fruit, vegetables, berries, wines, cheese, flowers, breads, eggs and meats. The Aledo and Illinois Quad Cities Chambers of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting for Aledo Main Street and partners to open the Market for business. The Monmouth Dixieland Jazz Band will be taking the stage later that evening at the Aledo Band Shell to entertain shoppers.

Every Thursday thereafter, through Oct. 22, shoppers can buy fresh produce between 4 - 7 p.m. Area residents will enjoy homegrown produce and seasonal crops throughout the summer and fall months. The Main Street Farmers Market not only supports local vendors, but also promotes a healthy lifestyle and connecting with neighbors and new visitors to the Mercer County. One thing being featured most weeks is Community Day, which brings area organizations to the park with something special. Some of the organizations featured include Aledo Fire Department, Mercer Carnegie Library, Aledo Police Department's K9 unit, Curves and Chef's Choice, where area chefs bring in a specialized menu.

Main Street Farmers Market-downtown Aledo is made possible through funds from the USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for Illinois Where

Fresh Is. Sponsorship dollars were also provided by Aledo Community School District #201, Aledo Main Street, Mercer County Health Department, Mercer County Farm Bureau, and University of Illinois Extension/Mercer EDP Office.

Participating advertising merchants are MGM Graphics, East Moline; Radish Magazine, Rock Island; The Times Record, Aledo; Torrey Outdoor Advertising, East Moline, and WRMJ Country 102.3, Aledo.

Interested vendors and sponsors of community days should contact Pam Myers at Aledo Main Street, (309) 582-2751, or email aledoms@qconline.com. Application and rules may also be downloaded from the website www.aledomainstreet.com.