Driving the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, the region's astonishing biodiversity reveals itself to travelers. Raptors, waterfowl, songbirds, deer, and a host of other wildlife species grace the landscape's mosaic of wetlands prairies, woodland seeps, hardwood forests, and scores of other natural communities.
Winding alongside the wide Illinois River, the abundance of the river and its valley is evident at every turn. Long rows of corn and soybeans green the countryside, barges carry commodities up and downstream, roadside stands sell fruit and vegetables, and anglers cast into the river's slow-moving waters.
Along the route, you'll continually encounter the long human legacy of this landscape, the accumulated cultural history of Native Americans, French explorers, American settlers, and immigrants who were drawn by the river valley's abundant natural resources and who built their lives and communities from the land and river.
Throughout the region, the landscape tells a story of continual changes that shape every aspect of this region-from its age-old geologic formations to the path of the wide and winding Illinois River itself.
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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 [...]