Illinois farmers markets are one of the oldest and purest forms of direct farm sales to patrons. All across the state, growers, producers, bakers, and specialty product vendors gather to sell their freshly harvested produce and value-added farm products directly to the public. Shopping at an Illinois farmers market supports homegrown agriculture. It invigorates the local community’s economy, creates jobs, and keeps the money circulating locally. It offers opportunities to engage with the people who grow your food and reap the benefits of the freshest, most flavorful, and nutritious products available.
Shopping at an Illinois farmers market encourages conversation and a connection to the land and our agricultural heritage. This ritual for many shoppers is a rewarding and educational experience. In addition to patronizing Illinois farmers markets, you can help support this vital work in other ways through partnerships, sponsorships, volunteering, and internships.