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Getting Serious About Selling at Farmers Markets

So you planted too many tomato and zucchini plants (again), the hens in the backyard are laying eggs faster than you can make omelets, and your neighbors are clamoring for your fresh, homemade bread with strawberry preserves. So you've got great products and a little demand for them, maybe you should take advantage of the interest in local foods and start selling at a farmers market! There are...

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Seasoned Growers Succeed with Community Supported Agriculture

Happy CSA Day ! If you haven't heard of Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSA, it is basically a subscription-style marketing format commonly used by fresh market vegetable growers where customer-members pay upfront for a weekly "share" of produce from the farm during the growing season. It is a unique opportunity for small farmers and...

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Winterizing Backyard Chickens

Chickens shouldn't wear sweaters. This should probably go without saying…but go ahead and Google it . The cold of the holiday season may be near, but those embarrassingly cute sweaters can actually...

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Boone County Farm Stroll!

Have you ever wondered where goat cheese comes from? Or how wool becomes yarn? Or where all those beautiful vegetables at the farmers market are actually grown? Well, we have a free, family-friendly event where you can satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities! From noon to 5:00pm Sunday afternoon, October 5th, 2014, University of Illinois Extension will host the Boone County Farm Stroll, d...

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Backyard Chicken How-to Videos!

I spent a morning with some IT/videographer colleagues a few weeks back, and we have pulled together a series of five short instructional videos on how to get started raising backyard chickens!  These videos talk about:...

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