Byway Story - Commerce & Recreation
People depend upon the region's natural bounty for their livelihood, for beauty, and for recreation.
Many seek out the region's outstanding recreational opportunities, from biking and hiking on rail trails to camping and picnicking at the valley's many state sites. Along the Scenic Byway, one can immerse themselves in the outdoors-watching wildlife, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and boating-or discover the region's cultural history at area museums, historic sites, and visitor centers. The valley's natural areas also offer important opportunities for relaxation, solitude, and quiet contemplation. Recreation and tourism have emerged as important contributors to the regional economy.
As they have for more than 12 thousand years, people continue to earn their livelihoods from the natural wealth of the Illinois River Valley. Enormous fields of corn and soybeans blanket the landscape. Family farms grow grapes, trees, native plants, herbs and ornamental plants. In summer and autumn, roadside stands offer fresh produce to travelers.
Visit the Illinois River Road sites below to experience how the Illinois River Valley offers extensive opportunities for recreation and renewal, and how the rich natural resources of the Illinois River Valley provide a livelihood for many residents.
Weekly participation depends upon crop availability and schedules so attendance will vary. Be sure and stop by each week! Vendors with locally grown produce, natural and home made products are Read more [...]
Farm fresh local produce, handmade specialty food items, baked goods and art. All items at the market are grown and handmade locally in Illinois.
Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers… Plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, Read more [...]
Featuring all natural, locally raised and grown, Illinois products: Farm fresh milk, angus beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, breads, cheeses, wine, fruits and vegetables, honey, jams and jellies, home Read more [...]
Come to Ottawa’s Old Town Farmers Market to purchase freshly picked, home-grown vegetables and fruits! Also featured are home baked goods, jams and jellies, dog treats, handmade soaps and fresh Read more [...]
Fresh produce from local gardens.
Fresh, local produce; crepes & baked goods; handmade soaps & lotions; cut flowers; artisan jewelry; old fashion sodas; plants & succulents; handmade crafts and more!
Our Mission is to provide the people of the Havana and surrounding Mason County area with the choice to purchase fresh healthy food directly from area farmers who grow it and the gourmet artisans Read more [...]
Pick up fresh vegetables, fruit, plants, meats, and hand crafted items and even dinner at the annual East Peoria Farmer’s Market! The market is located in the Levee District, between Target and G Read more [...]