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Grant Opportunities

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant (FMPP) - Website

The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program (FINI) – Website

The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. There are three categories of projects: (1) FINI Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed a total of $100,000 over one year); (2) Multi-year, community-based FINI Projects (awards not to exceed a total of $500,000 over no more than four years); and (3) Multi-year, FINI Large-Scale Projects (awards of $500,000 or more over no more than four years).

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) - Website

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been allocated funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These funds will support projects that are intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry. The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as; fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Helpful Links

  • National Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) - Website
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture - Website
  • Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council - Website
  • Illinois Small Farms - Website
  • The Land Connection - Website
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance - Website
  • Illinois Market Maker - Website
  • USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food - Website

Farmer Training Programs

What’s In Season App

Nobody is more at the mercy of Mother Nature than our growers and producers. Sometimes crops come early, sometimes they come late, and occasionally, they don’t come at all. Use this application as a general guideline to fruit, vegetable and farm product availability at farmers markets throughout Illinois. For more specific information, contact the individual vendors directly.
Are you looking for the availability of a particular fruit, vegetable or another farm product? Click below to find out what's in season and who will have it at an Illinois Farmers Market. Please enter the market product you want. If a match is found, your search results will be displayed below.