Every spring I look forward to browsing the antiques and crafts for sale at the annual Red Barn Market in Brocton in Edgar County.
Since the barn sale is always on the first Friday and Saturday in April, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. In past years, shoppers and vendors have had to bundle up in winter coats to keep warm and protect themselves from the bitterly cold wind whipping across the prairie. This year, however, the weather was pleasantly sunny and warm.
The Red Barn Market has been gaining in popularity over its 13 years. Vendors sell their wares outside on the grounds and inside the giant horse barn.
I am particularly fond of the Red Barn Market because usually there are local vendors selling local antiques.
A few years ago I found some Plaut Dairy Farms milk bottle caps from Danville at the barn sale.
This year’s barn sale find is a real treasure, though. I was inside the horse barn in a line that was snaking through the vendor booths, which actually are horse stalls, when I could see it in the distance.
I could make out only the letters “ucers” on the wax paper cottage cheese container, but I was really hoping that it was a Producers Dairy cottage cheese container from Danville.
I tried to contain my excitement as the line slowly crept along and approached the shelf on which the container was perched.
Finally, yes, the words “Producers” came into sight and as I snapped up the container from the shelf, the lid had the exact words I was looking for: “Producers Dairy Co., Danville, Ill.”
Hooray! Yet another bit of nostalgic advertising from Danville to be displayed with my large collection of Grab-It-Here and Peyton-Palmer spice tins and Marvel fruit cans. I have a Joan of Arc kidney bean can from Hoopeston, too.