ROCKFORD (WIFR) –Rockford City Market has been recognized as a leader in agricultural tourism by the Illinois State Comptroller’s office. The award was presented at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Tuesday as part of the Office of the Comptroller’s “Agri-tourism Day.” The market was one of 16 agri-tourism leaders honored at the awards ceremony.
“We’re pleased the Comptroller’s Office has chosen to honor Rockford City Market with its agri-tourism award. The market works to promote local growers and entrepreneurs who sell natural products. Most of the vendors come from a 150-mile radius, ensuring produce and other goods are locally produced. It’s wonderful to see our efforts receive recognition at the state level.” said Rock River Development Partnership Chairman Peter Provenzano.
Agri-tourism promotes agriculture and tourism through a wide range of activities, including picking farm products, riding horses, learning about wine and cheese-making and shopping for local and regional produce or hand-crafted gifts. The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau nominated Rockford City Market for the award.
Rockford City Market takes place every Friday from June 1 through October 12 along Water Street in downtown Rockford. It runs from 3-8 p.m. before Labor Day and from 3-7 p.m. after Labor Day. For more information, please visit www.rockfordcitymarket.com.