Rockford City Market opened for the first season on June 11, 2010, welcoming nearly 1,000 visitors including families, young professionals, kids and seniors.
By the end of the first season the makret had a total of nearly 20,000 visitors and 40 vendors. The second season grew to 40,000 visitors and 60 vendors, and the third season had almost 60,000 visitors and 70 vendors.
The market takes place every Friday during the summer months along Water Street between State and Jefferson Streets in downtown Rockford.
It includes local growers and vendors who sell natural products, including vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and healthy snacks. Also included are artisans and vendors with other unique offerings. Most vendors and performers come from a 150-mile radius, ensuring locally grown produce and unique retail items.
A beer garden with live music takes place on the terrace overlooking the market.
Demonstrations and kid's activities ensure a fun and interactive learning environment.
Rockford City Market is a collaborative effort of several agencies, including Rock River Development Partnership, the City of Rockford, and Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.