Introducing ILFMA’s new Ambassador!

 The Illinois Farmers Market Association is excited to welcome Bob Benenson as our first ILFMA Ambassador!  An avid home cook, Bob loves shopping at farmers markets and is always in pursuit of the freshest locally grown ingredients. Prior to moving to Chicago he spent 30 years as a political journalist in Washington, D.C.

Bob is a Good Food advocate and the publisher/lead writer of Local Food Forum*, a daily newsletter he launched in April 2021. Local Food Forum works to build public support around a wide range of issues affecting the local food community local food community, including farmers markets. In addition to collaborating with ILFMA Bob is part of the leadership council of ReGenerate Illinois and the board and executive committee of Naturally Chicago.

ILFMA Ambassadors fill a vital role by building enduring relationships with local farmers markets, managers, and vendors, increasing awareness of Illinois farmers markets and local food and promoting ILFMA.  Interested in becoming an ILFMA Ambassador?  Contact ILFMA at for more information.

*Find Local Food Forum at Subscribe for $50/year or $5/month, or select “subscribe for free” to receive occasional content.

Local Food Forum was initially focused on the farmers markets accessible from Bob’s hometown of Chicago, but as an ILFMA ambassador he’s eager to share news and stories from markets all around the state – please reach out to Bob at and share your local food story!