Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Don't miss this week's market specials!

New vendors will be added to the deck area of the market, so be sure to visit the deck to find out what is new in addition to the demos, activities and beverages that will be available, such as locally brewed beers from Carlyle Brewing Company.

Weekly Specials

Cannoli lovers rejoice! Bella Luna Bakery's featured product this week is their famous cannoli. Be sure to stop by and try one of these tasty Italian treats!

Great Grand Cheddar
The Cheese People of Rockton will showcase the best antique cheddar they could find in the state of Wisconsin. This Great Grand Cheddar was aged 7-plus years and is never bitter or medicinal in the finish. It's sweet with just enough tang, with those addictive crunchy bits all good aged cheeses have. Stop by their booth for a taste of this fantastic aged cheddar!

Caramel Cashew Pretzel Rods
Northwoods Premium Confections' featured treats of the week are pretzel rods coated with their handmade caramel and a generous amount of salted roasted cashews, all drizzled with a premium milk chocolate. Fresh, portable and delicious, this is a great treat to eat while strolling through the market. This week only, the special price is $3 each!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What's New at Rockford City Market this Friday

Weekly Specials

Caramel Crunch Pretzels
Northwoods Premium Confections will feature caramel crunch pretzels - mini pretzels coated with a caramel-flavored toffee. They have a delicious buttery caramel flavor and are crunchy and tender with just the right balance of salty and sweet. Choose from snack size ($2), medium ($4) and large ($8) sizes. They make a mouth-watering snack for yourself or a great gift for the pretzel or toffee-lover in your family!

Cheese of the Week - Texochile Cheddar
The Cheese People of Rockton will feature Texochile Cheddar as their cheese of the week. The cheese is a young white cheddar with roasted jalapenos in a spicy tomato marinade. It's not as hot as it looks and is excellent on scrambled eggs or in a quesadilla. Stop by their booth to try a sample.

Drinks from JavaMania
JavaMania Coffee Roastery has freshly roasted organic coffee, hot or iced espresso drinks and mango smoothies for sale this week.

Reflexology/Massage Special
Book an hour session of reflexology or massage at Healthy Balance Reflexology Clinic's booth during the market and receive $10 off.

Entertainment & Activities
Storytelling with Rockford Public Library
3 - 4 p.m.
Children can enjoy storytime courtesy of the Rockford Public Library.

Astronomy Exhibit by Discovery Center Museum
3 - 7 p.m.
Kids will enjoy learning about astronomy with fun, hands-on activities from Discovery Center Museum.

Music by Jodi Beach
4:30 - 7 p.m.
Local favorite Jodi Beach will delight audiences with her smooth vocal stylings. Beginning in 1995, Jodi joined the jazz community as a pianist and vocalist with the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra and has since formed the Jodi Beach Trio.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Here's what to expect at this Friday's Rockford City Market

Last week's attendance at Rockford City Market was upwards of 1,000 people, and the market has grown to more than 30 vendors since its launch 3 weeks ago! Among the new vendors this week is another produce vendor.

Here’s a look at what you can expect at this week’s market:

Weekly Specials
Red, White & Blue Popcorn Balls
In honor of Independence Day, Northwoods Premium Confections will feature red, white and blue popcorn balls. Made from fresh popcorn, these tasty treats are tender with a little bit of chew and a lot of flavor! Choose from red (cherry), white (a light caramel flavor) and blue (blue raspberry). The popcorn balls are $1 each, or pick up a six-pack - two of each flavor - for $5. A great treat to take to the fireworks!

New Vendors
Comprehensive Community Solutions – YouthBuild

Organic vegetables and herbs, Rockford on Board games

Rock Snake Silverworks
Unique, sterling silver artisan jewelry

Other potential vendors are currently going through the application process, so stay tuned for vendor updates. If you wish to become a vendor, you can obtain an application on the market website at or by contacting the market manager at 815.964.4388/

Entertainment & Activities

Music by Mike Donze
Mike Donze will perform acoustic guitar music from 4- 7 p.m. at this week’s Rockford City Market. Singer/songwriter Emily Hurd has been rescheduled for August.

Demonstrations by the Natural Land Institute
Members of the Natural Land Institute will provide hands-on activities for kids and adults that teach about wetlands, watersheds and rivers. Visitors will learn how land use affects the quality of rainwater runoff in the Rock River and how wetlands filter runoff, reduce flooding and provide a home for wildlife. Information about using rain gardens, rain barrels and natural landscaping to capture rain drops will be available, along with coloring books and other activities for kids.

Trolley Tours
The Rockford Park District Trolley will start offering rides this Friday and continue through August 27. The trolley departs from the station near Riverview Ice House at 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The half-hour narrated tour is $2 per rider (cash only); children 4 and under ride free.

Rockford City Market takes place 3 – 7 p.m. every Friday through October 22 along Water Street between State and Jefferson Streets in downtown Rockford. The market includes local growers and vendors who sell natural products, including vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and healthy snacks, as well as artisans and vendors with unique offerings and live entertainment by a variety of performers.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Vendor Update: Smooth to Start July 2

Smooth will be at the Rockford City Market starting July 2 instead of tomorrow, so you can get a Fijian massage and have your tarot cards read starting next week. Is the City Market in your future? I'm no tarot card reader like the Smooth staff, but my handy Magic 8 Ball says the outlook is good!
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What's your favorite thing to do in downtown Rockford?

Rockford City Market is back starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow with all of your favorite vendors, plus lots more! But the market isn't the only thing happening in downtown Rockford. Here are some other ways you can experience downtown at its best:

Discover De-Light-Ful Science
It's Family Friday at the Discovery Center Museum. Head down before the market each Friday from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for a day of fun. This week experience De-Light-Ful Science. Experiment with black light, capture a rainbow, construct a color viewer and more! Bounce a laser beam and make a light-catching sculpture as you explore the light spectrum during this dazzlingly fun event.

Dine at Original Restaurants
Stop by one of Rockford's many downtown restaurants for an original dining experience. Enjoy unique Asian cuisine, dine on fresh seafood, or grab a pizza. You'll find the perfect dinner to fit your tastebuds and your wallet.

Catch Friday Night Flix
Take the family to Davis Park for Friday Night Flix, spread out your blanket and watch Ghostbusters. Free popcorn, inexpensive food and beer, wine and soda are available starting at 7 p.m. The movie begins at dusk (roughly 9 p.m.), with pre-show entertainment starting around 8. Check out their Facebook page for future shows.

Explore Nightlife
Stick around after the movie and experience nightlife in downtown Rockford. You will find atmospheres to fit every mood, from upscale wines and martinis to pub-style microbrews and craft beers to neighborhood bars and night clubs. Live it up in Rockford's River District.

Ride the Trolley
Rockford Mass Transit District will provide free trolley service between the Museum Campus, Rockford City Market and Davis Park. The trolley will run from 3:30 - 11:30 p.m., with additional stops at block 5 (State and Second Streets), the Coronado and State and Main Streets. Click here for a map of the trolley route.

Where will you be on Friday night?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coming up this Friday at Rockford City Market

Thanks to everyone who braved the storms and attended last week's market. Despite the severe weather, nearly a dozen vendors were able to continue selling, and they found plenty of customers willing to withstand the rain.

Rockford City Market has added several new vendors since opening week, so you now have nearly 30 vendor booths to browse each Friday. New vendors will be joining the market in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates!

Here's what to expect at the market this Friday, June 25:

New Market Vendors
Four new vendors will join Rockford City Market this week!

With Bliss Beads Studio & Gallery you can buy finished jewelry, or purchase beads and jewelry components for creating your own original piece right at the market.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Northwoods Premium Confections, including toffee, fudge, gourmet pretzel rods, popcorn balls and candied apples.

Stop by Smooth and have your tarot cards read or receive a Fijian massage, a deep compression massage using the therapist's feet.

All of your favorite vendors from previous weeks will also be back, some with new offerings, so make sure to visit them as well!

In addition to our regular vendors, Rockford City Market will feature new entertainment, demonstrations and kids' activities each week. Join us Friday, June 25, for the following:

Music by Ken Curtis from 4 - 7 p.m.
Ken Curtis has been on the Rockford music scene since 1996. He's a two-time RAMI award winner in the folk/solo pop category. His album of original songs entitled "Hours and Ours" was recorded with a host of Rockford's best musicians and was honored as 2003's RAMI Album of the Year.

Demonstrations by Pranayama Yoga with Jennie Williford Join in relaxing yoga demonstrations taught by the owner of Pranayama Yoga Studio. Bring your yoga mats and wear comfortable clothing. Demonstrations start at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 and will last for 30 mintues.

Weekly Drawing
First Northern Credit Union is pleased to sponsor the Rockford City Market each week. Please stop by the information table to learn more about First Northern Credit Union and register for a chance to win a Visa Gift Card!

For more information on Rockford City Market, including vendor and performer applications, be sure to visit!
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Volunteers Needed for Rockford City Market

Calling all volunteers! We are looking for people to staff the Market entrances from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through October 22. All you need is a friendly smile to welcome our patrons as you hand out the Market directory. If you are interested in helping out and/or would like more information about volunteering, please send an email to and let us know which Friday you are able to lend a hand. Thank you!
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