ILFMA News

Support the Future of ILFMA

November 17, 2019
The Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) was founded on April 4, 2012. The primary goal of the association was the development and implementation of an association that would provide improved services, educational resources, and support to farmers, market managers, and local communities. Since its establishment, ILFMA has brought greater awareness to local agriculture and improved…

Asparagus!!

April 16, 2019
Farmers Markets across Illinois are getting ready to launch the 2019 Summer Season!  One of the early products is asparagus.  Fresh asparagus from the farmers market is often picked just hours before the farmers market and is brimming with flavor and freshness.  Part of preparing aspagus is to cut off the woody bottom of the…

ILFMA Partners; Amanda Panaku

March 11, 2019
Meet Amanda Pankau, Monticello Farmers Market and Prairie Rivers Network. ILFMA membership is a great way to connect with other members, save money on registration for the UPCOMING CONFERENCE and help support ILFMA’s efforts to growing stronger farmers markets in Illinois. During our drive we are featuring ILFMA members so you can learn more about all that…

ILFMA Partners; John Williams

March 3, 2019
Meet John Williams, Sola Gratia Farm and Red Crib Acres. ILFMA Membership Drive is going on now through March 22. Membership is a great way to connect with other members, save money on registration for the upcoming conference and help support ILFMA’s efforts to growing stronger farmers markets in Illinois. During our drive we are…

ILFMA Partners; Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant

February 15, 2019
Meet Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, New Leaf Consulting. Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant (shown in the photo to the right, Deborah stands in the middle between two of her 2018 market staff) has extensive experience working in the field of sustainable agriculture and local food systems. Working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for nearly 25 years in the…

Join our Team: Social Media Internship Opportunity

September 24, 2018
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…

ILFMA First-Runner Up For 2018 Farm Credit-Sponsored MarketMaker Innovation Awards

September 20, 2018
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…

Getting to Know ILFMA Board Member Lauren Woodbridge

September 12, 2018
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…

Changes in SNAP/Link Processing, by Corey Chapman

July 18, 2018
   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/…
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