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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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Why Shop at a Farmers Market?

Farmers Markets have evolved over the years to become epicenters of food and entertainment. They’ve transitioned from a collection of stalls and tents to community gathering places. A location that is open and colorful and smells amazing from the fresh ...
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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 ...
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Powered by MarketMaker

The Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois (BFBL IL) directory is “powered by MarketMaker” meaning that it pulls relevant information from the BFBL IL MarketMaker profiles to showcase in our searchable, mappable directory at BuyFreshBuyLocalIllinois.org. MarketMaker is a digital platform and ...
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Terms of Participation: Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois

Buy Fresh Buy Local® empowers community members to engage with their local agricultural system, and make decisions with their food dollars that help it to thrive. Thriving local farms translate to increased resilience of our natural systems, economy, and communities ...
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Covid-19 Response Updates

From the IL Farm Bureau As concerns and uncertainty grow around coronavirus (COVID-19), Illinois Farm Bureau is working diligently to communicate impacts and resources to help. IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. spent hours discussing the best ways to support farmers during ...
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Where’s the Beef? 100% Grass-fed Beef from Central Illinois Farmers

Don’t miss our handy guide on How to Buy Meat in Bulk Direct from the Farm. Buying a whole, half, or quarter animal is a great way to save money, support local farms, and source meat sustainably. Then check out these amazing ...
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Farmers Market Pizza Inspiration

Local food doesn't have to be fussy, and this farmers market pizza recipe proves it. Simply pick up your favorite local ingredients from the farmers market, throw them on a pizza crust with cheese and sauce, and BAM, you've got ...
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Illinois Harvest Calendar

Know what’s in season to help you plan you fresh, local meals ...
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Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois Guide

Coming soon! 2020 marks the first year of a statewide Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois Guide. Local food businesses can get listed in our digital directory for FREE by clicking here. For a small fee, farms and local food businesses ...
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IL Farm Bureau & Illinois Farmers Market Association 2020 Live Local Conference

The Live Local Conference was a great success. Workshops and training opportunities allowed specialty crop, small-scale farmers, small food businesses, and farmers markets the chance to gain new skills, expand business, and connect with others facing similar challenges. We gathered ...
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Charles B. Shuman Grants available Through IAA Foundation

Through grants made to eligible individuals and organizations, the Charles B. Shuman Fund seeks to strengthen and enhance farming, agriculture, and rural communities.  The Fund supports educational, research and leadership development activities that benefit farming and promote choices in agricultural ...
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