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The Illinois Farmers Market Association is looking to add a social media intern to our small but MIGHTY team! Description:The social media intern plans and implements social media strategies in order to promote ILFMA’s mission online. Responsibilities include updating ILFMA’s social media sites with relevant content and tracking audience engagement. The Social Media Intern also…
Arlington, Virginia – The Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award winner and runners-up were announced at the 20th annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference as part of the 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit, held September 17-18 in Arlington, Virginia. The award, now in its 8th year, recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs that contribute…
ILFMA President Natalie Kenny Marquez gets to know one of ILFMA’s newest board members, Lauren Woodbridge. Her background and education in food and nutrition, coupled with her career work in food access brings so much to ILFMA. Not to mention, she recently co-opened a bagel company with products available for order, at events around Chicago,…

Burrata Salad

August 13, 2018
This month, the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) features a recipe from Maria Terry, chef and owner of Bleuroot Restaurant (Bleuroot.com), 98 West Main Street, in West Dundee. ILFMA Executive Director Janie Maxwell says, “Try out this recipe for a fabulous taste of summer! Fresh peaches, heirloom tomatoes and artisan bread are featured for an…
   By the end of July Nova Dia will no longer allow SNAP processing on its MarketLink Mobile Market Plus app. Click here for a recent article in the Chicago Tribune.    Only 16 farmers markets accepting SNAP/Link in Illinois will be affected by this change. Most markets are using a standard SNAP/EBT wireless machine and not  an Iphone/…
Summer is finally here! Farmers Markets have opened in most communities. If you are not sure what’s in season yet, go to; www.whatsinseasonapp.com and check out what fresh produce is available by your zip code, and find a farmer or a farmer market close by and buy it! I can’t get enough strawberries when they…

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…
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…
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