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Sabrina Toutant plays with Montezuma the dog at Saturday’s West Side Farmer’s Market. Photo by Ashley Mal- lick

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.

Southernwood Farms

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Southernwood Farms

Eric and Anne Stalhuber from Alto Pass, IL have been bringing organic vegetables to the Carbondale Farmers Market since 1977. Who: Southernwood Farms What: Organic Vegetables When: Saturday mornings Where: West Farmer’s Market  

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La Colina Linda: Farm, Bed, and Breakfast

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La Colina Linda: Farm, Bed, and Breakfast

Organically grown food from southern Illinois. Grown on the B & B property, straight to the table… Check us out on Facebook for more information!

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Marcoot Jersey Creamery

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Marcoot Jersey Creamery

A seventh generation, the Marcoot Family Creamery have been making their cheese and selling them locally at the West Side Carbondale Farmers Market for years and will for years to come. Stop by the Marcoot Cheese Factory for a tour and see just how they make their delicious cheeses! A long lasting generation of cheese makers is right in your town, check them out every Saturday at the West Side Farmers Market! Check out our video story and what we’re about! Follow the link below to look us up on the web! Check out Our site Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Twitter Check out all of our social media for cheese updates and come give us a visit, take a tour and see just how we do things here at Marcoot Family Creamery! We would love to have...

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Homer Grown: Local and fresh beans, corn, and squash

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Homer Grown: Local and fresh beans, corn, and squash

Check out what Homer Jenkins of Homer Grown and the Carbondale Farmers Market is all about Who: Homer Jenkins What: Fresh produce and products When: Saturday mornings Where: West Farmers Market

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Mushroom Growing at Flyway Farm

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Mushroom Growing at Flyway Farm

Mike “Mushroom Man” Hatfield, 31, owns and operates a farm and upscale mushroom grow op. He specializes in gourmet mushrooms, with the majority of them being Oyster and Shiitake. He lives on the farm with his wife Jessica and their daughter Iris. He’s been on the farm for six years and sees no end in sight. “I never saw myself doing this for a living, but now I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Hatfield said. “Our goal is to become completely self sustainable, and then make sure our daughter will be too when she grows up.” “I use three methods: growing in buckets, hanging bags, and growing on logs,” said Hatfield. “The logs take the most work to get started, but they are the most enduring form of mushroom host and require the least amount of maintenance.” Mike has about 500 logs on his farm, each with 20 or 30 hand drilled holes for the shrooms. The Mushroom Man also gives his customers a chance to get their grow on by selling his homemade mushroom growing kits   Who: Flyway Farm, Mike Hatfield What: Gourmet mushrooms Where: West Market When at market:...

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Fisher’s Apiary: From Hive to Home

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Fisher’s Apiary: From Hive to Home

A whiteboard at the USDA service center in Murphysboro still has Kenny Fisher’s name listed among the staff though “permanent vacation” is written next to it. Kenny retired last June, but still works in conservation as a local beekeeper. With 10 hives, Kenny and his wife Phyllis collect honey for themselves and also sell some at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. This was the first year the Fishers sold at the market and they took honey four times throughout the season. For more come and check out all the details you need about Fisher’s...

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