We support local food and food systems by giving Illinois farmers markets and producers access to resources, education, and connections in order to grow healthier and economically vibrant communities.
The Illinois Farmers Market Association, ILFMA, was founded in 2010 to connect the growing number of Illinois farmers markets, market managers, producers and consumers, as well as providing coordinated resources, advocacy, technical services and training to ensure the continued vibrancy and sustainability of Illinois farmers markets. Additionally, ILFMA partners with local, state, regional, and national organizations in educating market managers, producers, and the general public on the economic, health and social benefits of providing, promoting and expanding access for the increased consumption of fresh, local farm products at farmers markets statewide.
The Illinois Farmers Market Association is committed to growing the farmers market community through the following objectives:
- To provide educational support for farmers market organizers, farmers, vendors and other community food and nutrition organizations through partnerships, resource-sharing, and training on best management practices, operating procedures, and state regulations through workshops, webinars, and various social marketing venues.
- To educate farmers market organizers, farmers, vendors, consumers and the general public on the health, economic, social and ecological benefits of providing and promoting access to locally grown products and craft production through the support of community-based markets.
- To facilitate networking, information sharing, policy discussion and planning among farmers market organizers, farmers, vendors, governmental agencies and other community food and nutrition organizations.
- To provide promotional assistance, build awareness and strengthen the farmers market customer base throughout the state by creating programs that enhance local food access for the public without regard to race, creed, national origin, age, gender, disability or ability to pay.
- To provide a unified voice for farmers markets by communicating the economic, health and social importance of farmers markets to farmers, consumers, civic leaders, and communities at large.