Membership

Become a member and help keep local food growing in Illinois!

The Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) is a statewide nonprofit member-based charitable organization. We rely on donations, fundraising, grants, and membership income to support farmers market organizers, farmers, producers, local food enthusiasts, and other community food and nutrition organizations through partnerships, educational opportunities, resources, advocacy, promotion, and training. Your annual membership supports the work of ILFMA and gives strength to the association’s united voice, both locally, regionally, and nationally. As a membership-based organization, we allocate more time, focus, and resources to our members, and as a result, our Member Benefits continue to grow and become more valuable.

To become a valued member, join today.

Membership Options

Farmers Market

A single farmers market is defined as a seasonal venue where multiple farmers and producers come together to sell their products to the public in a recurring location on a specific day and time.

Reasons to join:

  • Expand your customer base
  • Diversify your vendor products
  • Connect with your community
  • Increase your management skills
  • Learn good food safety practices
  • Much more.

1 market – $ 75
2 markets – $150
3+markets – $225

Farmer/Producer/Vendor

Are you a vendor at a farmers market? This category is for you if you sell an agricultural product or artisan goods and services.

Reasons to join:

  • Learn valuable marketing skills
  • Increase market revenues
  • Expand opportunities
  • Learn good food safety practices
  • Network with peers
  • Much more.

$40

Friend

Individuals who value Illinois farmers markets and wish to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food. Friends of ILFMA may participate on committees and assist in a variety of ways.

Reasons to join:

  • Easily locate local farmers markets and in your travels
  • Increased access to locally produced healthy foods with less environmental impact
  • Discover new products and recipes
  • Much more.

$50

Best-Friend

Individuals who value Illinois farmers markets and wish to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food at a higher giving level.

Reasons to join:

  • Easily locate local farmers markets and in your travels
  • Increased access to locally produced healthy foods with less environmental impact
  • Discover new products and recipes
  • Much more.

$100

Organization or Business

Any entity that values Illinois farmers markets and wishes to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food. Member organizations and businesses of ILFMA may participate on committees and assist in a variety of ways.

Reasons to join:

  • Support the local foods movement
  • Increase access to local markets, producers, and patrons
  • Help to build economic and social opportunities for communities
  • Much more.

$125

Student

Any individual enrolled as a student who values Illinois farmers markets and wishes to support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food.

Reasons to join:

  • Support local food, connect with industry leaders
  • Learn the many opportunities available in local food
  • Much more.

$10

Lifetime Membership

Any individual or entity that values Illinois farmers markets and wishes to substantially support ILFMA’s work to ensure all Illinois residents have access to locally produced fresh and healthy food. Lifetime members of ILFMA may participate on committees and assist in a variety of ways.

Reasons to join:

  • A significant recognition of the value of local food and agriculture, along with the benefits that farmers markets bring to communities throughout Illinois
  • Much more.

$1,000

To become a valued member, join today.

Our Member Benefits Provide a Reason to Join!

  • 25% Discount on MANAGE MY MARKET SOFTWARE: All new and existing users can take advantage of this extensive program to make market management easier.
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  • 2019 Training Manual ILFMA 3rd Edition Training Manual: Get your copy of this valuable resource by joining and emailing INFO@ILFMA.ORG to request your e-copy of the manual.
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  • National Farmers Market Coalition membership included: Your membership with ILFMA gives you a membership to the Farmers Market Coalition. You will have access to their expansive member resources, programs, and opportunities.
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  • Market Development Consulting: One-half hour of FREE general consulting with priority for additional consultation at a 50% discount of $30.00/hr. (Must be pre-arranged and pre-paid)
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  • Discounted Member Rates: Receive MEMBER ONLY rates at all ILFMA educational programs and events. See our EVENTS section for upcoming opportunities.
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  • Valuable Resources: Receive MEMBER ONLY access to the ILFMA Farmers Market Guide, recorded webinars on a wide variety of topics, and additional educational resources.
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  • Mentorship Assistance Services: Access to a volunteer team of farmers market professionals via email, to not only answer questions but to offer technical support, details on federal nutrition benefits acceptance, access to FREE EBT equipment, grant opportunities, and much, much more!
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  • Policy Voice: ILFMA advocates for state and federal policies that support farmers markets.
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  • Up-to-date Information: Receive information on farmers market happenings through the ILFMA e-newsletter, be sure to subscribe below.
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  • Promotion: All farmers markets and vendors receive a profile on our exclusive ConnectFresh powered by MarketMaker™ database, connecting you statewide to farmers markets, vendors, and consumers resulting in increased sales!
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  • Info Central: ILFMA provides a centralized location for consumers to gather information about local farms, farmers markets, and sustainable agriculture.
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  • Marketing: Use of ILFMA Member logo and other print materials. Are you following ILFMA on Facebook and Instagram? Share our resources.
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  • Networking: Join the community of ILFMA members dedicated to the mission of advancing Illinois farmers markets. Learn from other members through networking, forum, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
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  • Stand Strong United: Support the work of ILFMA and give strength to our collective voice.

To become a valued member, join today.