Fresh Friday returns to the city on June 2 with the opening of the sixth annual East Peoria Farmers Market. The market will occur weekly on Fridays from 3 until 6 p.m. through Sept. 22 in The Levee District downtown area on the pedestrian promenade near Gordmans.

This year’s market features 28 vendors offering freshly grown and locally produced items. In addition to vegetables, fruits and baked goods, items the market vendors will sell include flowers, goat milk soaps, lotions and lip balms; flavored popcorn, hand-knitted alpaca products and yarn; wine; beef and pork meats, eggs, cheesecakes, vegetable plants, homemade pet accessories and treats, jewelry, crochet goods, perfume, massage oils, wreaths, diffuser jewelry for essential oils, decorated plates; unique bathroom items, and shell creations.

The UnityPoint Health - Methodist Proctor Wellmobile will be at farmer’s market the first Friday of each month starting June 2 to provide free blood pressure checks. Superior Healthcare will be at the market once a month.

The market will feature music by local performers each week. 

Those stopping at the East Peoria Beautification Commission’s booth can register each week for monthly drawings. The June drawing will be for a $30 gift certificate to Cheese Nuts Brick Oven Pizzeria in East Peoria. The June winner will be drawn on June 30.

East Peoria Farmer’s Market sponsors for 2017 are Superior Health Care of Peoria, Nick Knapp – Legacy Investment Services of East Peoria, and Fondulac Banking Center of East Peoria.