Become a Member

Become a member and help keep local food growing in Illinois!

people talking over tomatoes at farmers marketThe Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA), a non-profit charitable organization, member-based, state-wide association. We rely on fundraising, grants, and membership income to provide support to farmers market organizers, farmers, producers, local food enthusiasts, and other community food and nutrition organizations through partnerships, educational opportunities, resources, advocacy, promotion, and training. Your annual membership supports the work of ILFMA and gives strength to the association’s united voice, both locally, regionally, and nationally. As a membership-based organization, we allocate more time, focus, and resources to our members, and as a result, our Member Benefits continue to grow and become more valuable.

To become a valued member, join now. Once you complete your membership, you will be prompted to add your profile on our searchable platform ConnectFresh.

Membership Options

Farmers Market

A single farmers market is defined as a seasonal venue where multiple farmers and producers come together to sell their products to the public in a recurring location on a specific day and time.

Reasons to join: Expand your customer base, diversify your vendor products, connect with your community, increase your management skills, learn good food safety practices, and much more.

  • 1 - 2 markets - $50
  • 3 - 5 markets - $75
  • 6 - 9 markets - $125
  • 10+ markets - $150

Farmer/Producer/Vendor

Anyone who has ownership or financial and/or productive responsibility for producing an agricultural product and/or valued added products intended for use as a food or raw material.

Reasons to join: Learn valuable marketing skills, increase market revenues, expand opportunities, learn good food safety practices, network with peers, and much more.

  • $25

Friend

Individuals who value Illinois farmers markets and wish to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food. Friends of ILFMA may participate on committees and assist in a variety of ways.

Reasons to join: Easily locate local farmers markets and in your travels, increased access to locally produced healthy foods with less environmental impact, discover new products and recipes and much more.

  • $40

Organization or Business

Any entity that values Illinois farmers markets and wishes to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food. Member organizations and businesses of ILFMA may participate on committees and assist in a variety of ways.

Reasons to join: Support the local foods movement, increase access to local markets, producers, and patrons, help to build economic and social opportunities for communities, and much more.

  • $100

Student

Any individual enrolled as a student who values Illinois farmers markets and wishes to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food.

Reasons to join: Support local food, connect with industry leaders, learn the many opportunities available in local food, and much more.

  • $10

Lifetime Membership

Any individual or entity who value Illinois farmers markets and wish to substantially support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food. Lifetime members of ILFMA may participate on committees and assist in a variety of ways.

Reasons to join: A significant recognition of the value of local food and agriculture, along with the benefits that farmers markets bring to communities throughout Illinois, and much more.

  • $1,000

Our Member Benefits Provide a Reason to Join!

Discounted Member Rates

Receive MEMBER ONLY rates at all ILFMA educational programs and events. See our EVENTS section for upcoming opportunities.

Regional Reciprocal Member Discounts

Receive MEMBER ONLY rates at educational events and offerings provided by other Great Lakes Farmers Market Regional Partners.

Valuable Resources

Receive MEMBER ONLY access to the ILFMA Farmers Market Guide, recorded webinars on a wide variety of topics, and additional educational resources.

Market Development Consulting

One hour of FREE general consulting with first priority for additional consultation at a 50% discount of $30.00/hr. (Must be pre-arranged and pre-paid)

Mentorship Assistance Services

Access to a volunteer team of farmers market professionals via email, to not only answer questions but to offer technical support, details on federal nutrition benefits acceptance, access to FREE EBT equipment, grant opportunities, and much, much more!

Policy Voice

ILFMA advocates for state and federal policies that support farmers markets.

Up-to-date Information

Receive information on farmers markets happenings through the ILFMA e-newsletter.

Promotion

All farmers markets and vendors receive a profile on our exclusive ConnectFresh platform, interconnecting you state-wide, and to connect with each other, as well as to patrons for increased sales!

Info Central

ILFMA provides a centralized location for consumers to gather information about local farms, farmers markets, and sustainable agriculture.

Marketing

Use of ILFMA Member logo and other print materials.

Networking

Join the community of ILFMA members dedicated to the mission of advancing Illinois farmers markets. Learn from other members through networking, forum, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

Stand Strong United

Support the work of ILFMA and give strength to our collective voice.

  • Upcoming Events

    2017 Spring Webinars
    2017
    View Our Flyer Here These webinars, offered by Illinois Farmers Market Association, are free of…