Commercial kitchen

The Rockford City Market has a 24-hour commercial kitchen available for rent in their indoor market building adjacent to the outdoor market (opening in April.) For more information or to be placed on the list to contact once space is being booked, please contact our kitchen manager at or call us at 815-977-5124.

Local Foods Initiatives

Local food systems are an opportunity to grow job and community well-being. From growing to production, and from distribution to consumption, foods systems are one of the most promising avenues to plan for at the local area.

To learn about local foods initiatives in our area, visit the Winnebago County Local Foods Initiative through the University of Illinois Extension at


Small Business Development

The Illinois Small Business Development Center can assist market vendors with a variety of business-related topics. For more information, click here.


Winnebago County Health Department

Special permits are required for the sale and sampling of food products. The Winnebago County Health Department can assist market vendors with getting the correct permits for their products as well as other safety information. To contact the WCHD, contact Brian Letton at the WCHD at 815.780.4115 or


City of Rockford Economic Development Division

The City of Rockford offers a variety of different small business services. Some of the things offered include information on the CDBG (City of Rockford Block Development Grant) grants and loans and expanding yyour small business, a community profile, and a list of benefits for opening a business downtown. To see all the information the City of Rockford provides for small businesses, click here.


Getting a Tax Number

All vendors are required by the state to have their own Tax Numbers. Vendors can check out how to apply for a tax number by going to the IL Department of Revenue website at or by calling the local branch at 815.987.5210


City of Rockford Development (Metro) Tax Information

The City of Rockford requires market vendors to pay the 1% redevelopment (metro) tax. This affects vendors selling beverages or prepared food for consumption on site. It does not affect sales of produce or other goods. For more information, click here. For additional questions, please call the City of Rockford Revenue at 779.348.7165.