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Downs Village Market
Care of: Julie and Claire

PO Box 18
Downs, IL 61736

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Forms and Guidelines

2023 Vendor Packet - includes the following:

06-21-2023 Downs Village Market VENDOR LINEUP!

🥀Master Gardeners: Advice, questions, plant of the week, seeds; bring your questions and learn something new each week!

🧶The Crochet Bee: Assorted, beautifully handmade plush items by Timothy.

🌷The Little Way Flower Farm: Cut flowers, mixed bouquets and straight bunches/build your own. Cuttings and garden transplants too!

🧵Creative Designs By Pickles: Hand, dish, and tea towels. Golf towels with grommets. Purses. Bibs. Aprons. Anything embroidered.

🍯The Honey Pimp Apiaries: delicious local honey.

🍪Our weekly non-profit Bakers: June 21st it’s the delicious baked goods of the St. Mary’s Auxiliary. Cakes, cookies, pies, treats; all the homemade goodness!

🎵Musician: June 21st it’s John McMahon playing on our brand new stage! Bring your lawn chairs and gather round!

🍅O’Rourke Family Gardens: A wide variety of produce, strawberries, vegetables, popcorn, and some plants.

🌽Byer’s Produce: Hanging baskets, melons, zucchini, onions, seasonal produce as harvested.

🦴🧵Star House Creations: 18 inch doll clothing and handmade accessories, sewing and alterations consultations; pet treats.

😎Gnomes for Your Home: Beautiful handcrafted sock gnomes and accessories.

🔍Beautiful Glassations: Glass jewelry, hair accessories, coasters, decorative items.

🌸Mariah’s Mums: In June: donuts, kettle corn, gourmet salsa, jams, syrups, and sauces. July: same as June but add produce and corn. August: add melons. September: add Mums to the mix!

🧉Not Your Papa’s Farm: BBQ Sauce, homemade jams, jellies, fruit butters, mustards and vinegars.

⚒️The Creative Grounds Crafts: Laser cut and engraved, hand painted wood products, ornaments, jewelry, and DIY kits. Macrame plant hangers, wall hangings and more.

We are actively recruiting all kinds of Vendors, especially Egg and Meat Vendors; Food Trucks, as well as Community Groups! Please reach out if you are interested; we add vendors all season as some items are late in season.

Downs Village Market History

“Fresh, locally grown and select regional produce, meat, baked goods, honey, plants, flowers, quality crafts and handmade items, weekly musical entertainment, friendly vendors, Master Gardner advice, convenient parking”

… sounds like a great recipe for Community!

Dreamed up in 2003 by Cheryl and Dave Bach, Ruth Hood, and Carol Hiebert, Downs Village Market’s goals have been to “Keep it Local, Keep it Lively, Keep it Friendly, and Keep it Community.” During those first years, the Downs Village Market Committee worked hard on all the little details that were necessary to start and improve a farmers' market.  Their continued commitment, hard work, dedication, and love of this local food-based community has enriched us all immeasurably. Over the years, the committee grew to include Laurie, Jan, Ruth, Jennie, Ann, Peggy, Em’ly, Will and Kevin.

Our wonderful and loyal vendors have shared their homegrown, homemade wares.  They worked hard and took real pleasure in connecting with the community-rain or shine!  We have had many musicians whose talents entertained and quite often inspired their audiences to dance and sing along. Our amazing customers came from near and far to haggle over Carol’s fresh-baked sourdough bread, guess the weight of a sweet potato, cash in their wooden market money, bring questions for the Master Gardeners, wait for the bell in front of a favorite vendor’s stand, share their stories, and walk out loaded down with bags full of one-of-a- kind goodies.

During 2020 and 2021, the Downs Village Market decided to discontinue due to the COVID global Pandemic.  However, in 2022, a new committee was formed to restart the Downs Village Market. After a great reopening for the first year, the new committee is celebrating 20 years of the Downs Village Market and is already hard at work getting this years Vendor packets ready to go out!