Metro-East Living

Lifestyle briefs for May 14

Alton Farmer’s Market in 2016
Alton Farmer’s Market in 2016

Old Town Farmers’ Market

Belleville’s Old Town Farmers’ Market will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at a new location on South Charles Street between East Main and East Washington. Locally grown fruit, vegetables, plants and meat will be for sale. Information:

New president of local hospice

The Hospice of Southern Illinois has a new president and chief executive officer, Amy Richter. She joined the organization in December 2009, as the chief financial officer. Richter’s educational background includes a masters degree in management and a bachelor of science in professional accounting. Prior to joining the hospice, she worked as a corporate director at a major health system in St. Louis.

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Amy Richter, new president of the Hospice of Southern Illinois Provided

Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals touched by a terminal illness and their families. They have served 27 counties in southern Illinois since 1981. Information: 800-233-1708 or

Alton Farmers’ and Artisan Market

The Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays until October 14 at the corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street, Alton. An additional market night occurs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday nights beginning June 1 at the warehouse behind Elijah P’s Burgers and Brews, 401 Piasa St.

Locally-grown fruit and vegetables will be for sale along with beef, poultry, eggs, baked goods, plants and hand-crafted artwork. Live entertainment, artist demonstrations and special activities will take place every Saturday. The market is sponsored by Alton Main Street which aims to improve access to healthy food and funded by an Illinois EBT Wireless Project grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Information: