One of the things mentioned during the Route 8 corridor plan presentation by Houseal Lavigne Associates to the Washington city council was different ways to use the available space to attract shoppers to the area.



Of all the ideas, one in particular had my ears perking up.


One of the things mentioned during the Route 8 corridor plan presentation by Houseal Lavigne Associates to the Washington city council was different ways to use the available space to attract shoppers to the area.

Of all the ideas, one in particular had my ears perking up.

Courtney Owen of the Naperville consulting firm suggested a farmer’s market in the parking lot of the East Peoria Event Center.

A farmer’s market is exactly what Washington needs.

After searching the area for Community Supported Agriculture opportunities and coming up empty-handed (there are a few on the west side of Peoria), I next looked for a small market or somewhere I could buy locally grown food.

By locally grown, I do not mean shipped from Indiana, Iowa or Michigan.

The only thing I could find was the Heritage Farmers Market just east of Pekin.

I am still relatively new to the area so if there are hidden gems of locally grown food available in Washington, please send me an e-mail at jfreeman@timestoday.com and let me know.

Otherwise, the farmer’s market is an excellent idea, whether it is located at the event center or somewhere else in Washington.