EAST PEORIA — The  East Peoria Farmers Market opens its once-a-week run through the summertime Friday afternoon on the pedestrian promenade between the Target and Gordman's parking lots in the Levee District.

It is the sixth annual edition of the weekly event that takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 28.

"I think it is great for the city to provide this event to the community, and it is good for the community as a whole," market manager Theresa Unzicker said Wednesday. "Having the market at the Levee District with its mix of retail stores and restaurants has resulted in us attracting more vendors and customers."

This year's market will feature 28 vendors offering freshly grown and locally produced items. In addition to vegetables, fruits and baked goods, items will include flowers, goat milk soaps, lotions and lip balms, flavored popcorn, hand-knitted alpaca products and yarn, wine, beef and pork,  eggs, cheesecakes, vegetable plants and homemade pet accessories and treats, jewelry, crocheted goods, perfume, massage oils, wreaths, diffuser jewelry for essential oils, decorated plates, unique bathroom items and shell creations.

The UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor Wellmobile will be at the farmers market the first Friday of each month starting Friday to provide free blood pressure checks. Superior healthcare will be at the market once a month.

Those stopping at the East Peoria Beautification Commission's booth can register each week for monthly drawings. The June drawing will be for a $30 gift certificate to Cheese Nuts Brick Oven Pizzeria in East Peoria. The June winner will be drawn on June 30.

Scott Hilyard can be reached at 686-3244 or by email at shilyard@pjstar.com. Follow @scotthilyard on Twitter.