Home to Market Act-Changes to the Cottage

Food Law

Mary Liz Wright, University of Illinois Extension

October 27; 12-1:30 pm-registration closed

January 4; 6-7 pm-register here

Join us for the Farmers Market Master series webinar on the changes in the Illinois Cottage Food Law.  With the signing of the Home to Market Act, cottage food laws are expanding as of January 2022.   Mary Liz will highlight the changes in the law as well as an overview of Illinois cottage food laws. 


Sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau



Illinois Certified Farmers Market Manager Course 2021/2022

The Illinois Farmers Market is pleased to offer a Certified Farmers Market Manager program for Illinois farmers market managers. Managing a farmers market is challenging and requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. This interactive program learning experience will address real-world market issues and train market managers in best practices for successful farmers markets.

The ILFMA Certified Farmers Market Manager Program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.

All virtual; interactive utilizing Zoom and Google Classroom
Recommended Prerequisite: Completing ILFMA Farmers Market Manager Bootcamp or market manager with at least two years of experience.
• Monday evenings: 6-8:30 pm for 9 weeks
• Optional weekly technical assistance sessions for individual concerns or topics of interest


ILFMA Member: $250
Non-member: $350

2 sessions available:

Register Now; Fall Winter


Registration Coming; Winter-Spring Series


November 8, 15,  February 21, 28
December 6, 13 March 7, 14, 21, 28 
January 3, 11, 17, 25, 31 April 4, 11, 18

Farmers Market Master Series

These courses are geared for farmers market managers that have completed the IL-CFMM program or experienced market managers looking to explore new and emerging aspects of running and sustaining a farmers market. It provides ongoing continuing education for all farmers market managers.

Potential topics include community engagement, Link shopper outreach, fundraising, sponsorship, finances, establishing regional cooperatives, vendor outreach, conflict de-escalation, technology, etc.

The ILFMA Farmers Market Master Program is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Lunchtime Webinars: 12 pm-1 pm

Specific topics to be announced


Managers and vendors can enroll for individual topics or receive a series discount.

ILFMA Members;  $10 each webinar or $35 per series of 4 webinars

Non-member: $40 each webinar or $100 per series

Already Certified Farmers Market managers complete 12 hours of CEUs (no time limit) and become a Certified Farmers Market Master*
*Prior or concurrent completion of the Certified Farmers Market Manager course required.


IN-PERSON: Farmers Market 101: Vendor and Market Manager-Rockford

This interactive in-person workshop is for both vendors and farmers market managers. It will cover an overview of market management, marketing, maximizing sales and building a loyal customer base, updates to the cottage food law, and more.

October 13, 2021, Rockford, IL 


9:00 am-3:30 pm – Full day of education, no program fee, lunch included*.

*$15 Lunch guarantee fee, refunded after conference attendance
(Supported by an Illinois Specialty Crop Grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.)

Register Now. Current social distancing and masks requirements will be followed.

Meet Us at the Market- Post Workshop Networking and Fundraising Event

3:30-6:00 pm

Prairie ST Brewing CO., 200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL

Donation to ILFMA: (includes First beer, appetizers, fun & more)

 Register here.

ONLINE: Farmers Market Manager 101

October 4 and 6, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


This training is not recorded. 

Join the Illinois Farmers Market Association for a two-night educational workshop for Farmers Market managers and discover new information and ideas to improve your market and community. The workshop will discuss market management, marketing, updates to the cottage food law, new SNAP funding opportunities, and more. Register here

ONLINE-Farmers Market Vendor 101

October 11, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


This training is not recorded.

Join the  Illinois Farmers Market Association and learn from experienced farmers market managers and vendors as they discuss the nuts and bolts of successful selling at farmers markets, including branding, marketing, and cottage food updates.  All types of farmers market vendors are welcome; farmers, food makers, and artisans. Register here.


Meet Us at the Market- Post Workshop Networking and Fundraising Event

3:30-6:00 pm

Prairie ST Brewing CO., 200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL

Donation to ILFMA: (includes first beer, appetizers, fun & more)

Register Now!




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