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At Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA), our goal is to help farmers markets across Illinois to thrive; to reach more customers, to increase the dollars going into farmers’ pockets, to get more healthy food into our communities and to give farmers market managers and vendors the tools they need to be effective.  New members will earn a $55 discount on the upcoming ILFMA conference on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Elgin.

 

Why Join ILFMA?

March 9, 2018
Please join and help us grow the farmers market community! As a part of our membership drive, we’ve been spotlighting the good work of markets in Illinois.  Next up? Land Connection’s Champaign Farmers Market. Meet Market Manager, Sarah Simeziane, of The Land Connection’s Champaign Farmers Market and learn how they have been able to grow…
Check out the recipe for Good Ole Minestrone, in Natural Awakenings Chicago, written by ILFMA Executive Director, Janie Maxwell Good Ole Minestrone Hits the Spot for Comfort Food “One of the first recipes I made for a crowd was minestrone soup from the More with Less Cookbook,” says Janie Maxwell. “I still look at recipes…

My Market Campaign

August 7, 2017
Support National Farmers Market Week in Illinois “This Is My Market” campaign! National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12.  Take part by creating a brief video showcasing your favorite local market or vendor and post it to the ILFMA Facebook page (ILFMA Facebook page) or Twitter (tag @ILFarmersMkts) Tips: • Make a selfie video and…
By Maggie Nykaza, ILFMA Grant Specialist and Social Media Guru Is there anything better than tasting the first fruits of the season? Food lovers, rejoice! Summer is here and that means the growing season is in full swing in Illinois. Farmers markets are once again popping up all across the land! If you’re thinking of…
Plan your market shopping list and seasonal recipes, thanks to Univ. of IL Ext. Educators who share their crop updates from all over Illinois! April 18, 2018 From west central Illinois...It was freezing (15 degrees F) then it got hot (79 degrees F), followed by a cold snap over the weekend (24 degrees F). The…
Increase Sales! Idea Sharing and Networking! Collaborate together to meet challenges and seize opportunities! Be inspired! Boost your SNAP/Link sales! Expansive Winter Farmers Market! 26 Vendors! Prepare for a great 2017 Season! We hope to see you there!  

SNAP Program

January 12, 2017
2016 was the most successful season for Urbana’s Market at the Square’s SNAP program. Over $21,500 in SNAP and SNAP double value incentives were distributed during the 27-week season. Thanks to Farm Credit Illinois and LINK Up Illinois, Urbana’s Market at the Square was able to boost their outreach strategies in order to bolster a…

Urbana Top 10

January 12, 2017
Urbana’s Market at the Square takes place outdoors from May through November, rain or shine in Urbana, Illinois. The Market has a very loyal customer base, even when it’s raining. So that got the Market Staff thinking, "What makes the Market so appealing? What is it that makes people come out rain or shine?" So…