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Not Your Usual Holiday Gift: Surprise Family and Friends with Delicious Food Products (and Learn About Illinois’ New Farm to Market Act)

It is holiday gift season. And it is easy for Illinois residents to find and purchase delicious homemade food products to present to family and friends as unique gifts. That because the state’s new Home to Market Act, enacted in ...
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Delight Yourself and Your Guests at Thanksgiving with a Sumptuous, Pasture-Raised Local Turkey

You don’t need any hints to figure out why our November article is about locally raised turkeys. Thanksgiving, aka “Turkey Day,” is coming up on November 24, and according to the Nielsen consumer research firm, more than three-quarters of all ...
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Celebrating National Co-op Month with a Look at Two Community-Building Grocery Stores

To the casual shopper, a food cooperative, or co-op may look like any small independent grocery. But it is so much more. And that is why our latest Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois article is celebrating October as National Co-op ...
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Agritourism Abounds as Folks Head to Illinois Farms for Fun in the Fall

Agritourism is a big thing throughout Illinois’ growing season, with visitors welcomed to places such as flower farms and berry patches. But the draw is greatest in the late summer and early fall when apple orchards and pumpkin patches are ...
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Celebrating National Farmers Week: Three Illinois Markets With Different Styles But Shared Goals

National Farmers Market Week — August 7-13 this year — celebrates the role that the more than 300 Illinois farmers markets and the more than 8,000 markets nationwide play in helping build a better food system and supporting local economies ...
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Farm-to-Table Dining: Feed Your Soul, Support Your Local Producers

For generations, most restaurants have obtained the ingredients for the meals they serve their customers from wholesalers and distributors, and more often than not, those ingredients had traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles to get to diners’ plates. But ...
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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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