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Buy Fresh and Buy Local this Holiday Season

Holiday shopping will look very different this year, but that does not mean buying from local retailers is off the table. In this post, we explore how important it is to shop locally this season, and how the Illinois Buy Fresh Buy Local directory can help you find local retailers who carry products from your local farmers and food artisans. Photo/Supporting Images:
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40 Local Farms for All Your Grilling Needs this 4th of July

It's that time of year to fire up the grill, and with 4th of July just around the corner, Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois has your local meat supply taken care of. Whether you're grilling up burgers, brats, or wings, check out the 40 farms below that will make your celebration extra special and extra delicious. There's nothing more American than buying local!
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Why Shop at a Farmers Market?

The COVID-19 pandemic shed a new light on the importance of farmers markets and supporting local farmers. Shoppers, if they didn’t know already, are realizing now more than ever the importance of connecting with their local food system. So even with changes and restrictions happening at our Illinois markets, why should we continue to shop at farmers markets? We explain more in this month’s blog post.
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Support all the local businesses you love with stay-at-home bingo

With the state’s stay-at-home order extended through the end of May, why not have a little fun while social distancing using the Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois bingo card? Even with social distancing orders in place for another month, there are ways that we can support local food businesses from across the state.
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