The West Market (Carbondale Farmer’s Market) was founded in 1975.
This market is open from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday (rain or shine) from April-November at the Westown Mall Parking Lot.
The Carbondale Farmer’s Market market is celebrating its 39th year and consists of vendors from Union, Jackson, Franklin, and Randolph counties in Illinois as well as two from Missouri. These family farms or businesses encourage the community to buy local and support local farmers and craft people.
Products include locally grown fruit, vegetables, plants, herbs, cut flowers, grass-fed and finished beef (raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides), canned goods, baked goods, and crafts.
Learn more about some of the West Market products and vendors in the following video and articles.
Owner: Joshua Buchheit The goal at J Buchheit Farm is to produce a high quality beef in a sustainable environment. Their cattle is grass fed, grazing on pastures free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. In addition the beeves are never given antibiotics, hormones, or growth stimulants. Lick Creek Beef can be found in many places around Carbondale! For more information visit the Lick Creek Beef...read more
Matt Thompson, 19 (L) and Scott Albert, 25 (R) offer insight into the different types of salmon they sell to one of their customers. Thompson is a junior at SIUC majoring in forestry. He goes on fishing trips to Alaska with his fishing company Wild Alaskan Salmon. “Sometimes I’m gone for 2 or 3 months at a time, but it’s great working out there (Alaska) and it pays really well,” said Thompson. He catches all of the fish he sells, “It seriously is awesome being able to make a living doing what you love to do. I mean, I’m out there fishing. Then I come home and sell it all at the market.” / Photo by Justin...read more
Maxine Leydon, 76, sets up her art work stand at the west Murdale Farmer’s Market in Carbondale, IL. She takes painting courses at John A. Logan College. “I always used to paint, but never thought I could sell any of them,” said Leydon. “My style is sort of like interpretations of other famous paintings that I put my own flavor on,” said Leydon. She says that it takes her about 2 days to finish 3 good paintings. / Photo by Justin Kenealy ...read more
Stefan Santiago, 21 (left, fiddle player), Max Murphy, 26 (right, guitar), Ryan Martini, 24 (back right, bass), and Matt Decker, 25 (sitting, guitar) frequently lead the Murdale Farmer’s Market entertainment line up. Much of what they play is improvised on the spot. “Me and Max always try to sing over each other and change the words while we’re playing, the trick is to not let the audience know we’re doing that,” explains Santiago. The boys also enjoy the market because once their done playing, they can stock up on fresh produce. / Photo by Justin...read more
Kelley Hessian, owner and pasta maker for K’Noodles, pulls and separates her strands of tomato basil fettuccine as they come out of the pasta maker. Along with many other types of noodles, they have a vast array to sell at the West Side Farmers market every Saturday. “When it comes to pasta making, you have to keep yourself focused on the machine and your pasta. When I first start making the pasta, it comes out rough and I cant serve that to my customers, it has to be smooth. Plus, you have to watch out for if the dye gets clogged up in the machine. I just break up the clump of dye mix and continue on.” This advice is great for anyone wanting to make their own noodles. Stop by the West Side Farmers Market (Murdale Farmers Market) every Saturday and pick up a batch of home made noodles from K’Noodles, you won’t regret it! Who: K’Noodles Homemade Noodles What: Pasta When: Saturday’s Where: West Side Farmers...read more
Ryan Baker, 28 and Katie Perrish, 27 sell their pickled products at the Murdale Farmers Market (West Side) in Carbondale, IL. Everything they sell is pickled. “My dad started to pickle things like asparagus and raspberries, and brought them to people, and they loved them. So, he started to increase the amount of food being pickled, and long story short that’s how we got here,” said Backer. Generations of a family pickle business has become apart of the Carbondale Farmers Market! Stop by the West Side Market/Murdale Farmers Market every Saturday and pick up premium pickled jams! Home grown and Locally sold! Who: Pickle People What: Pickled Veggies and Fruit When: Saturday’s Where: West Side Farmers Market...read more
Located at 1565 Bethel Church Rd. in Cobden Illinois. The farm consists of over 350 head of bison owned and operated by Clifton Howell & family. For bison meat purchases, please make an appointment. Check out more! Bison Bluff Farms, owned and operated by Clifton Howell and his family, is located on approximately 1,100 acres in rural Cobden, Illinois. We stated in 1997 with five head of buffalo, and have gotten increasingly larger over the past years. The herd is now over 350 buffalo strong and still growing. We have purchased bison from ten different states, to get a variety of good breeding stock. We are very proud of our animals. They are all grass fed naturally with no hormones or chemicals added. This is why our meat is so good for you. We encourage everyone to try bison meat. We want people to learn about the bison as well as enjoy the taste and health benefits of our meat. You can purchase bison meat from us by calling 618-521-5102 and making an appointment. All of our meat is government inspected and sold frozen. Facebook...read more
Karl Sweitzer III holds cherry peppers and habanero peppers freshly picked from the crops surrounding him. At his farm in Cobden, Illinois Sweitzer grows a cast array of different kinds of peppers all in different degrees in hotness. Habaneros, imn particular are rated amount the hottest peppers in the world which makes harvesting them quite difficult. Fortunatly, Sweitzer claims the peppers, ” don’t really bother (him)… because (his) hands have just kind of calloused up.” Sweitzer has owned and tended to the 30 acre farm for the past ten years and plans to continue to do so for the rest of his working life. Who: Sweitzer Farms What: Peppers When: Saturday’s Where: West Side Farmers Market...read more
Photos and Story by: Keturah Tanner Whether it’s a road-side stand, a table at the Farmers Market, or a brand new building, you can find some of the best fruit right here in Southern Illinois. Find out more about how this family found out the true meaning of “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Howard Mileur’s mother and father planted Mileur Orchard in 1961. Howard and Lisa moved into the orchard in the 1990’s to take over and allow Howard’s mother and father to retire. The original orchard focused on growing apples and selling them wholesale to local businesses. The Apple Festival was just beginning to take root, which factored into the decision to focus on apples. As time progressed customers were beginning to want to purchase their own produce from local venders. The Mileurs began selling in a road-side stand to keep up with the customer base. During this time Lisa and Howard found the problems of dealing with the wind, rain, and cold during the late season of harvest. “If you don’t [have a store], you have to sit out in the heat or the cold” Lisa said. This led them to wanting to have a stable environment where they could store and sell their produce. With a centralized area to store and sell the Mileur’s were able to cut out extra lifting and work. “We’re getting older, we’ve got to upgrade and modify.” Lisa said. Who: Mileur Orchards What: Peaches & Apples Where: East Market When: TBA Check out Mileur Orchards...read more