Become a member and help keep local food growing in Illinois!
The 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
ILFMA advocates for state and federal policies that support farmers markets.
Receive information on farmers markets happenings through the ILFMA e-newsletter.
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!
ILFMA provides a centralized location for consumers to gather information about local farms, farmers markets, and sustainable agriculture.
Use of ILFMA Member logo and other print materials.
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.