UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Today marks two years since the rural street Schnucks closed its doors. The building is still vacant, but neighbors still haven't given up hope on bringing in something new.
The Rural Oaks Farmer's Market is just a few weeks away from launching in the parking lot of the former grocery store. The market will run from Thursday through Monday and will have food and crafts for kids. So far, about 30 vendors have signed up. More than 50 people will be hired to work at the market. They hope this market will revive the economy in that area.. and promote local businesses.
"We all felt a real heartbreak when Schnucks closed. It wasn't just the store, it was the relationships and the friendships. We just loved having the community and the neighborhood together so we're just trying to build that again," says Rural Oaks Farmer's Market organizer Traci Grassmuck.
The farmer's market is scheduled to open June 10. Organizers still need to fill around 25 full and part time positions. If interested, stop by the All Things store on Rural street.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A neighborhood without a grocery store will now have a farmer's market to fill their refrigerators following an exit by Schnuck's.
Traci Grassmuck, owner of nearby All Things, tells 23 News that her farmer's market will begin on June 10th and run through October in the parking lot of the former grocer at Rural Street and North Prospect Street.
The market will run Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will have food and crafts for kids. However, Grassmuck says she still needs some vendors and food trucks.
If you would like to help, you can visit her at her store, message her at her store's Facebook page or give her a call at 779-221-1041.
There will also be an informational meeting at Lino's on May 11th at 6 p.m.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- After a failed attempt to bring a grocery store to an empty storefront, one neighborhood group is showing that they will not give up.
The former Schnuck's parking lot has sat empty for the last two years after the grocery chain decided to walk away, however, we may be just two months away from the return of fruits and vegetables.
Traci Grassmuck, owner of All Things just a few doors down, is trying to bring a weekly farmer's market to the corner of Rural Street and North Prospect Street.
The plan would be to run the market May through November, Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
However, she says they still need to get the permits.
Grassmuck believes an event like this would be a great opportunity to bring the community together.
"If we can pull Brown Hills together and anybody in the residential area off of Chicago Avenue and all of our neighbors off of Summit, how neat would that be if the kids would become friends and get to know everybody kind of like the old time block parties," said Grassmuck.
Grassmuck says she has organized farmers markets before in some Chicago suburbs, but she can't do it alone, saying this will need a combined effort of many of the surrounding businesses.
Grassmuck says she will hold a public meeting to get input from the neighborhood prior to its start.
She says she will post all updates to her Facebook page.