2016 Summer Lunch & Learn Webinar Series (see videos, click Read More)

Date & Time: Summer 2016

Urbana’s Market at the Square – A Gleaning Program

Presented by Natalie Kenny-Marquez, Urbana Market at the Square Manager

Urbana’s Market at the Square has offered a “gleaning” program since 2009. Thousands of tons of produce have been donated by participating vendors over the years, benefiting local food banks and pantries, giving those in need greater access to local fruits and vegetables. Watch the video, and take notes, as Natalie walks you through her successful program.

Urbana Market Farm to Foodbank – A Gleaning Program webinar:


First Amendment Rights at Farmers Markets on Public Property

Presented by Brad Moldofsky, Morton Grove Farmers Market Manager

Like many farmers’ markets, Morton Grove holds a weekly event on taxpayer-funded land. Does this mean that any American citizen has unfettered rights to say anything they want anywhere in the market? The short answer is no. The long answer requires more question marks than periods. Mr. Moldofsky is not an attorney; however, he shares his research and leads this compelling discussion.

First Amendment Rights at Farmers Markets on Public Property webinar:


Local Flavors: From Farmers Market to Restaurant Table

Presented by Molly Gleason, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Businesses are Farmers Market customers too! Learn how to involve your local community restaurants in playing a larger role in supporting local farmers and buying locally. Learn from this detailed discussion about the Local Flavors farm-to-table restaurant series, operated by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, now in its 9th season.

Local Flavors: From Farmers Market to Restaurant Table webinar:


Creating a Market Cookbook

Presented by Dana Benigno, Local Foods Consultant
Former Executive Director of Green City Market, Chicago, and creator of www.chicagocooks.com

Thinking about creating a cookbook for your farmers’ market, farm or business? Watch and listen as Dana Benigno shares her experience on the pros and cons of self-publishing versus seeking a publisher. She published the successful Green City Market Cookbook. She’ll relate what you need to do to secure a publisher, along with many other helpful insights. Cookbooks for farmers’ markets and businesses can be as simple as recipe cards strung on twine or a fancy full-color book. It can raise a little money while building community and marketing your farmers market or business! Learning Objectives: Find out about all the options; What will suit your needs best; and how to produce a successful cookbook.

Creating a Market Cookbook webinar: