Letter: You can make a difference

By on July 11, 2014

“If every household in Illinois dedicated just $10 of their weekly grocery budget towards Illinois Products, $47 million would be re-invested in the Illinois economy. That’s over $2.4 billion annually.”

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is challenging residents to devote a small portion of their food budget to Illinois-made products. Take the $10 Illinois Product Pledge at www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/ilprod. And the Sugar Grove Farmers Market invites you to spend that $10 weekly at our market, which is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Sugar Grove Village Hall located at 10 Municipal Drive (Route 30) in Sugar Grove. We are a rain-or-shine market and we welcome residents from Sugar Grove and our surrounding communities.

Sugar Grove—you especially told us you wanted more vendors, and we had 17 last week. We have cheese, eggs, meat, veggies, fruit, native plants, gourmet doggie treats, fresh ground coffee, honey, bread, pastries, cupcakes and so much more.

But the vendors need you to participate if you want them to come back weekly. Show them that Sugar Grove and our surrounding communities want a local farmers market by making it viable.

Our farmers market serves as an integral link between urban, suburban and rural communities, affording farmers and their consumers the opportunity to interact.

The popularity of farmers markets continues to rise, as more and more consumers discover the joys of shopping for unique ingredients sold direct from the farm, and the pleasure of buying familiar products in their freshest possible state.

Take an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of our nation’s farmers who, while providing for our needs, are among the best stewards of our land.

Join our Facebook page at Sugar Grove Farmers Market.

Pat Graceffa
Sugar Grove Farmers Market volunteer