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Shop for local milk, cheese, and dairy near you during Dairy Month

Illinois consumers have lots of local dairy options There is hardly a more pastoral scene than a field full of grazing dairy cows, and Illinois has plenty of them on our state’s small and medium-sized farms. Most milk that Illinois ...
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Make Mother’s Day extra special with locally-grown flowers

With Mother’s Day, school graduations and the traditional start of wedding season, May is a big time for flower growers. So our featured farm this month is Flora Bay Farm, located just south of Carbondale in southern Illinois. We recommend ...
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Black-Owned Eden Place Farms’ Heavenly Impact on a South Side Chicago Neighborhood

A century ago, there were nearly 1 million Black farmers in the United States, and they composed about 14 percent of the farm population. Today there are fewer than 50,000, just over 1 percent of all farmers. So if you ...
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CSA’s the Best Way to Know Your Farmer and Your Food: The Broadview Farm Story

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) was at the cutting edge as consumer interest in buying food directly from local farmers started to build. True believers eagerly subscribed to receive CSA boxes from their favorite farms, ensuring that they would enjoy the products ...
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January is the perfect time to fill your freezer with pastured meats

Colleen and Jeremy Ruhter of That Little Farm in the Country pose with their Idaho Pasture Pigs. January is the perfect month to buy local meat. Cold winter days lend themselves to wholesome winter meals, and pastured meats are a ...
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Mark Brady & Katie Kennedy of Timberfeast farms make it easy to purchase their pasture-raised turkey. Head over to their website for online ordering and pick up options, and while you're there, choose from hundreds of other local ingredients in their online store.

17 Farms Where You Can Find Local Turkey this Thanksgiving

Now's the time to start planning your holiday gatherings. Have you made your turkey plan yet? When you prioritize purchasing a local turkey this Thanksgiving, you'll not only get a turkey with unique and delicious flavor, but you'll be keeping ...
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Buy Fresh and Buy Local this Holiday Season

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed virtually every aspect of our lives. Businesses have suffered, particularly small local businesses that did not already have the infrastructure in place to offer online ordering or contactless delivery. The way we browse in ...
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Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois Announces Farm-to-Table Restaurant Award Winners

Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Illinois’ Favorite Farm-to-Table Restaurant Awards. Diners from across the state voted for their favorite restaurants listed in the BFBL Illinois Directory. The restaurants that received ...
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Voting Now Open for the Illinois Favorite Farm-to-Table Restaurant Awards

Voting runs September 14-30, 2020 Now more than ever farm-to-table restaurants need support. To help promote these restaurants that are going the extra mile to source from area farmers, the Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois coalition is launching the inaugural ...
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Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois Launches Farm-to-Table Restaurant Awards

Voting runs September 14-30, 2020 Farm-to-table dining experiences help us, as diners, learn about the food we eat while engaging with the chefs who prepare it. Knowing what we eat, and where it came from, is not only healthy for ...
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Meet Farmers Marty and Will Travis of Down at the Farms, LLC

Farmer-led distribution company pivots in pandemic to feed community, keep farmers in businesses In the wake of a pandemic, farmers Marty and Will Travis of Down at the Farms, LLC lost 30 restaurant accounts overnight. But with ingenuity and incredible ...
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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, ...
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