What to Expect at the Market
What to Expect at Urbana's Market at the Square
Urbana's Market at the Square showcased over 140 registered vendors in 2016. Patrons can choose from a wide variety of made-in-Illinois goods at the Market, including fresh produce, meat and dairy products, prepared foods, plants, and flowers to jewelry, pottery, wood workings, candles, bodycare products, garden décor, clothing, and more! Watch a video to learn how to find your favorite vendors and products.
The Market is open 7AM to Noon every Saturday from the first weekend of May through the first weekend of November, RAIN OR SHINE!!! Market programming, like Sprouts at the Market and Art at the Market runs rain or shine and will not be cancelled unless there is significant weather. If you're concerned about the status of an event, please check the Market's Facebook and Twitter.
- REAL PEOPLE GROW THE FOOD AND MAKE THE PRODUCTS
Urbana's Market at the Square is a producer-only Market. That means that you can count on everything you're purchasing has been grown, made, produced locally and in Illinois. If you have questions about your products, please ask the vendor. If you're searching for specific products, check out our Market search engine!
- VISIT REGULARLY, VISIT OFTEN
Some weeks, especially early in the season, the pickin's might be slim. Other weeks, especially as the season progresses to the very height of growing season, the choices can become downright overwhelming! Learn what is in season and check out our Market search engine!
- METHODS OF PAYMENT
Beginning in 2013, Urbana's Market at the Square phased out the credit/debit token portion of the Market Scratch system. NO CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE LINK TOKEN SYSTEM. Any outstanding credit/debit tokens issued in previous seasons will be accepted, however, no more credit/debit tokens will be distributed. All vendors accept cash and some vendors accept personal checks. LINK cards are accepted at the Market as part of the Market Scratch system. For details on LINK please click here.
- BE AN EARLY BIRD
For the best selection, visit the market early in the day, not late in the day. Plan your trip to the Market with our interactive Market Map!
There is ample parking around Lincoln Square Mall (for free). There are public restroom facilities located within the City of Urbana building, across the street from the Market.
- FUN FOR THE FAMILY AND FOLKS OF ALL AGES
Urbana's Market at the Square is the place for families! Children ages 3-8 can participate for free in Sprouts at the Market and any one of any age can participate for free in Art at the Market .
- HAVE FUN!
Urbana's Market at the Square is a really fun experience, and it's not always about the produce. Run into old friends. Have breakfast and a coffee. Share a recipe with someone. Grab an early lunch and hang around to listen to the live music.
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