11th Annual Riverfront Market in Peoria kicks off Saturday

By WEEK Reporter

June 7, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The 11th annual Riverfront Market kicked off Saturday. Hundreds of local vendors offered a variety of fresh and local products.

"We are very excited to be in our new location," said Riverfront Market organizer Sharon Gramm. "We moved just down the street to the River Station parking lot. Amsterdam is open for breakfast. Martini's will be open for mimosas and bloody marys."

Crafts, balloons and what organizers say is the freshest produce you can get. This is a producers-only market.

"Everything must be grown buy the person selling it, and everything must be grown in the state of Illinois," said Gramm. "Everything was picked the night before or the morning of."

"Small businesses and medium size businesses are the back bone of Peoria and we need to show our support," said East Peoria resident shopper Alan Bensing.

The support that some local businesses depend on.

"My father had a dream to have a farm that was sustainable. So he brought in his own bees and everything," said Greengold Acres owner Becky Taylor. "We've had to go out to the public to sustain us so we can have this--my mom and daughter working on this family farm."

The market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until the end of September.