This past May, residents of the Logan County and eastern Mason
County area were treated with a first of its kind, locally,
all-indoor farmers market.
The ALMH Market has become a Saturday morning habit for many with
its offerings of Illinois products and much more found inside the
Exhibit Barn at the Logan County Fairgrounds.
The Market is designed to attract adults as well as children and
promotes a healthy life-style.
Saturday mornings have become the favorite part of the week for many
area residents. Of those who have made it a tradition, some go out
and grab up fresh from the farm vegetables and fruits, maybe some
bakery, and some like to sit and enjoy a great cup of coffee and
either breakfast, brunch or lunch prepared by Bean Sprouts, a new
eatery using locally grown foods.
For others, it is a family activity, the kids have gotten into the
Power of Produce program. They enjoy trying new foods and getting
rewarded tokens for spending.
Some others have come for the exercise or cooking classes, and still
others for the free health screenings offered.
The market also offers a number of other great local products, such
as soaps and body butters in luscious scents or unique healthy nut
butter blends; great to take home, to enjoy now or to start your
holiday gift shopping.
While some seasonal fruits and vegetables are now over, the squash
and root crops, which store well are coming in; leaf crops are
sweeter, and there's still an array of summer vegetables like
peppers available. Plus there are baked items, locally roasted
coffees, and other products.
The first year for the market has been stamped as a success in a
number or ways, particularly in the intended purpose to address
health needs of the area. The market has offered not only locally
grown fruits and vegetables, but also basic health tests, education,
cooking classes, fitness classes, and rewards to children for trying
'good for you' types of fresh foods. It has become a 'happening
place' enjoyed by many.
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This past week ALMH CEO Dolan Dalpoas stopped in after the ALMH
Run/Walk at Madigan Park to pick up a few of his favorite items, one
being a new jar of nut butter produced by Gone Nuts Company, Brennan
Elsas grew up in a farming family just north of Lincoln and was home
on fall break from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, where
he is finishing degree work in agribusiness.
Dalpoas said the Market was begun as one of several initiatives that
address specific health needs of Logan County residents in the fight
against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and a higher than
average incidence of colon cancer.
Dalpoas added that another initiative, a walking trail, is nearing
Sadly, the end of the Market season is quickly coming to an end. So
here is a reminder or suggestion, if you haven't gotten there yet or
its fallen off your calendar; go and enjoy. Three Saturdays remain.
Saturday, Oct. 29 will be the last Market of the 2016 season.
ALMH Market is
sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Each week the market offers the Power of Produce program free for
youngsters, along with free fitness classes, a walking trail, and
other offerings such as free health screenings, free cooking
demonstrations, and "Community Day." The Market will be not just a
place to shop, but a destination to spend a great morning on a
healthy family outing.
WHERE: Logan County Fairground
WHEN: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon
For more information about The ALMH Market, visit
https://www.thealmhmarket.org/ or like The Market on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/ thealmhmarket.