Urbana Market Blog

Vendor Spotlight: To Dye For by Morgan

Welcome to our second installment of the 2017 season's Vendor Spotlights! Last week we did Nitrocup and it was a huge success. We're sticking with the theme of spotlighting new vendors and this week we interviewed Morgan Banta, owner of To Dye For by Morgan! She works with her stepmom, Amy Chelin, and her mother, Sheryl [...]

Sprouts Shop the Market!

  Urbana’s Market at the Square invites families with children ages 3-8 years old to Sprouts at the Market this Saturday, July 15th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sprouts is a free monthly program intended to educate young children – and their caregivers – about eating seasonally and healthfully in Illinois throughout the Market season. This Saturday, [...]

Vendor Spotlight: Nitrocup

   Vendor Spotlights are back! Make sure to check back here weekly to see who we decide to spotlight next. This week's spotlight was done with the founders of  Nitrocup, Central Illinois Natives and University of Illinois Alumni Grant Garland and Will Newton! Nitrocup is a new vendor this season and has already been a major [...]

Check Out Our Interactive Market Map

Have you noticed our updated market layout this season? Are you searching for a particular vendor? Perhaps just browsing and want to know which of our vendors and community groups will be at the farmers market this weekend? We've got your covered! Our online, interactive market map is a great way to keep your finger on [...]

Market at the Square Program Makes Farm-Fresh Foods More Accessible

Market at the Square reinstates program to make farm-fresh foods more accessible by doubling LINK card purchases Urbana’s Market at the Square has received a combined $12,500 in funding from Farm Credit and LINK Up Illinois to directly support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. In Illinois, SNAP benefits are loaded onto a card [...]


Use #MyUrbanaMarket for a chance to win!

This Saturday we encourage our customers to use #myurbanamarket when they share their farmers market photos on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). Market Staff will choose their favorite opening day photo, which MUST be posted between 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th. The winner will be notified via direct message on the social [...]

Opening Day!

The City of Urbana’s Market at the Square is pleased to announce that its 2017 season will get underway Saturday, May 6th. Ranked as the top farmers market to visit in Illinois, the Market is located at the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets and runs rain or shine from 7 a.m. to noon every [...]

Vendor Spotlight: Avery Farms

Charles Avery generally does the fieldwork with his wife adding addtionaly support and suggestions for various new, successful crops. This will be my seventh year here at the Market at the Square. I have always enjoyed working outside and have been a gardener since I was a kid. I bought our farm ground back in [...]

Vendor Spotlight: Campbell Apiaries

Kim Campbell, Owner I've been coming to the Market for over 20 years now. I had been interested in beekeeping and picked up a beekeeping book at a local bookstore to learn more about it. After that, I responded to a newspaper ad selling used beekeeping equipment and it even included colonies of bees. I [...]

Vendor Spotlight: Grandma Cooky

Janet Abrahamson This year is my fourth year selling at the Market. Four years ago, I had a brief break from my job and was looking for some additional income. I took advantage of the new Cottage Food Law and started selling Swedish Tea Rings, homemade pies, quick breads and cookies at the Market and [...]