Downtown Kankakee Farmers Market

Kankakee Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market The Kankakee Farmers' Market is now in its 16th year in Downtown Kankakee. From humble beginnings the market has grown to a premier market featuring over 20 vendors in Spring, and over 30 vendors in Summer with a variety of fresh produce, plants, flowers, breads, meats, baked goods, olives, cheeses, concessions and other specialty items. In addition to being a place to buy fresh local food the market has become a central gathering place for the Kankakee area on Saturday Morning as relaxing live music and friendly conversation creates a welcoming atmosphere. We invite you to join us each week or as often as you can.



Market Facts:

  • The Kankakee Market is one of the only in the state of Illinois to have shopping carts available to use.
  • The market draws vendors from the rural areas around Kankakee, others from Chicago and farmers bring fruit from Michigan.
  • The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program provides expert volunteers to answer garden related questions at the market weekly.
  • The Kankakee Market started in 1998. To this day our farmers have a strong voice in the direction of the market.
  • The Kankakee Farmers' market is operated by the Kankakee Development Corporation with the cooperation from the City of Kankakee and a host of community minded people and organizations.

2014 Farmers' Market Special Events

  • April 26 – Raising of the Farmers' Market Flag/First Day of Spring Market (hours 8am-noon)
  • May 3 - Kankakee valley Montessori
  • May 10 - Paula Aubrey School of Dance: 10:00 (45 min)/paper street gallery/Kilbride Classic Sign-up
  • May 17 - Kilbride Classic Sign-up
  • May 24 – First Day of Summer Market (hours 8– noon) First Day of Bike Corral/Kilbride Classic Sign-up
  • May 31 - Kilbride Classic Sign-up/strawberry jazz fest and humane foundation(one tent)/Kankakee Fire Dept. Boating Safety-Merchant Street 9-11
  • June 7 - Relay For Life Event/ Kilbride Classic Sign-up/Kankakee Valley Montessori/Kankakee Fire Department Fire Safety Vehicle-Merchant Street 9-11
  • June 14 - Acting Out Theatre Company presents Les Miserables/yoga 8-9
  • June 21 - Red Cross/KVTA: Table and performance presenting 1776/Electronics Recycling 9-11:30
  • June 28 - Salvation Army Clothing Drive (Merchant)
  • July 5 - Kankakee Valley Montessori/Senior Coupons in two tents/tables 8-12
  • July 12 - Library Family Fun Day/Salvation Army Clothing Drive (Merchant)/Senior Coupons in two tents/tables 8-12
  • July 19 - Red Cross/KVTA, yoga 8-9
  • July 26 -
  • August 2 - Hispanic Arts and Heritage Day for Education *No music*
  • August 9 - Sweet Corn(Knights of Columbus)/Ken Klipp Classic Mac promotion/Blood Drive by Heartland Blood Centers/ yoga 8-9
  • August 16 - Kids' Chef Challenge *no music in gazebo*/Red Cross/KVTA/Kankakee Valley Montessori
  • August 23 - Amateur Chef Challenge *no music in gazebo*
  • August 30 -
  • Sept. 6 - Kankakee Valley Montessori
  • Sept. 13 - KVTA: Table and performance presenting Peter Pan Jr./Shredding Day/yoga 8-9
  • Sept. 20 -
  • Sept. 27 -
  • October 4 - National Qigong Association Day 9-11/Kankakee Valley Montessori
  • October 11 - yoga 8-9
  • October 18 - Veteran's Health Day/Emily Gentry eye care
  • October 25 - Last Day of Market

Farmers' Market Music

  • 4/26: Heartland Bluegrass 10-12
  • 5/3: Lupe Carroll
  • 5/10: Vern Denault
  • 5/17: Rodney Whittington
  • 5/24: John Till
  • 5/31: Why So White
  • 6/7: Heartland Bluegrass
  • 6/14: Lupe Carroll
  • 6/21: Bone Jugs N Harmony
  • 6/28: John Till
  • 7/5: Lupe Carroll
  • 7/12: Heartland Bluegrass
  • 7/19: Menagerie Quartet
  • 7/26: Lupe Carroll
  • 8/2: No music
  • 8/9: Heartland Bluegrass
  • 8/16: No music in Gazebo Paul Germano
  • 8/23: No music in Gazebo Spirit of Illinois
  • 8/30: Lupe Carroll
  • 9/6: Heartland Bluegrass
  • 9/13: Rodney Whittington
  • 9/20: John Till
  • 9/27:
  • 10/4: Heartland Bluegrass
  • 10/11: Vern Denault
  • 10/18: Lupe Carroll
  • 10/25:

Kankakee Farmers' Market Vendors

Concessions

Past Market Seasons

Pictures from past Amateur Chef Challenges...

  • Chef Challenge 901
  • Chef Challenge 902
  • Chef Challenge 907
  • Chef Challenge 909
  • Chef Challenge 910
  • Chef Challenge 911
  • Chef Challenge 913
  • Chef Challenge 914
  • Chef Challenge 915
  • Chef Challenge 919
  • Questions about the Kankakee Market? Contact Market Manager Liz Gernon-Lipofski Phone: 847.630.6100 Email: dizzy_lizzie78@icloud.com

    Farmers' Market Vendor Application: [.pdf]
    Farmers' Market Vendor Fees: [.pdf]
    Farmers' Market Vendor Rules and Regulations: [.pdf]
    Farmers' Market Vendor Affidavit: [.pdf]
    Farmers' Market Vendor Packet (all above documents in one pdf file): [.pdf]