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Illinois Dairy is Udderly Delicious!

Illinois Dairy is Udderly Delicious!

June is National Dairy month, and although dairy is worth celebrating every month, we use the month of June to highlight Illinois farms that are working hard to make local (and udderly delicious) dairy products available to consumers. From kefir to curds, cow milk to...

Savor Autumn in Illinois with Agritourism Adventures

Savor Autumn in Illinois with Agritourism Adventures

It’s always great to visit a farm and get to know the farmers who grow our food. But there’s no better time than September and October, as the heat of summer gives way to the cool comforts of autumn, and a ride in the beautiful Illinois countryside can lead to...

August is THE month to visit a local farm market

August is THE month to visit a local farm market

This year’s National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, and Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) joins markets from across the country in celebrating the positive impacts farmers markets have. Farmers markets provide access to delicious, nutritious locally...

Savor the Seasons with Farm to Table Restaurants

Savor the Seasons with Farm to Table Restaurants

Over the past few decades, chefs and restaurateurs in locations throughout the state have also been serving diners with fresh, delicious, sustainably produced vegetables, fruit and produce from farms close to home. In this article, Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois...

Flowers and Bees: The Essence of Spring from Local Illinois Farmers

Flowers and Bees: The Essence of Spring from Local Illinois Farmers

There was a popular song in the 1960s that starts “Let me tell you ‘bout the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees…”. Well, it’s finally spring, so Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois is here to tell you about two great businesses, one that is focused on flowers...

WIC/FMNP Opportunity for Farmers!

WIC/FMNP Opportunity for Farmers!

Are you a farmer who is interested in accepting WIC or Senior Farmers Market coupons? Do you sell in a county where the program operates? Determine your eligibility by checking to make sure that you sell in a county where the program operates (click HERE to see a map...

ILFMA Winter Farmers Markets

ILFMA Winter Farmers Markets

ILFMA 2022-23 Winter Farmers Market List!Winter is a great time to continue shopping at your favorite farmers market, and/or maybe plan a trip to one that's new to you! Many farmers markets across Illinois continue through the winter months. Farmers are employing...

Plan Your National Farmers Market Week Celebration!

Plan Your National Farmers Market Week Celebration!

National Farmers Market Week is just a few months away, and ILFMA is here to help! Our Plan Your National Farmers Market Week Webinar will provide great tips and ways to use this week long event to highlight your farmers market. Whether you're an old pro or you're...

Market Mondays

Market Mondays

Join ILFMA and market managers from across Illinois on the first Monday of the month for online networking and causal discussions.

ILFMA Fundraiser

ILFMA Fundraiser

Support ILFMA at our annual fundraiser, which coincides with the Everything Local Conference. Stay tuned for our 2025 fundraiser details!