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Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois is your trusted guide to local food. We make it easy to find and support local farms and the businesses that carry their products.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build vibrant, resilient, and just local food economies across the state by promoting local food and providing the highest level of transparency and traceability to the public. We value diversity, equity, and sustainability in all its forms and applications across the food system.

How We Work

We bring together farmers, food businesses, organizations, state agencies, and stakeholders across the state to work together to market local food. We’re growing a movement!

Who We Are

Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois is a coalition of organizations and agencies across the state committed to working together to build our regional local food economy. Our coalition is led by a Steering Committee of 11 food and farm organizations:

  • Advocates for Urban Agriculture
  • Angelic Organics Learning Center
  • Chicago Food Policy Action Council
  • Family Farmed
  • Food Works
  • Illinois Cooperative Development Center
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Illinois Farmers Market Association
  • Illinois Specialty Crop Growers Association
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • The Land Connection

Steering Committee

Coalition Partners

Buy Fresh Buy Local is a network of chapters across the country, dedicated to increasing the economic viability of small family farms and strengthening regional food systems by expanding markets for locally produced foods.
Each Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter curates a local food guide and hosts events that showcase local food producers and businesses who pledge to adhere to their standards. When searching for authentic opportunities to live and eat locally, look to your Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter.
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