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A blog for growers, consumers, and backyard gardeners to grow, eat, and connect in the local food system.
Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Series: Time, Day of Week, and Season

Now that you've decided that there is a need for a farmers market in your area, you now need to consider elements that can make or break your market. Time, day of week, and length of the farmers market season are crucial to a farmers market being successful and robust. In most cases, a 3 hour farmers market is a common one that we see. It won't take up a whole day for ve...

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Farmers Market Series: Determining the Need

After visiting a number of farmers markets this past summer, you may find that you are now thinking about starting your own in your community. Many towns and civic groups want to start a farmers market. They see that it could spur economic development, provide community pride and awareness, bring attention to the local foods community, among many other things it can do. Starting a farme...

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Webinar Announced for the new Farmers Market Regulations

In June, Governor Quinn signed into law HB5657 which modifies some of the farmers' market rules and regulations. New regulations included future streamlining of farmers market rules statewide, require a vendor to state the address where the vendor's products are grown, cap the fee a county health department can charge for a vendor registering their cottage food law operation and many other new...

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The Faces and Places of Local Food in Northwest Illinois

  What perfect timing it was to begin the blog for local foods in Northwest Illinois then to also have a great overview of local foods and agriculture written up in the Rockford Register Star's Rockford River Valley Insider's Agritourism section on June 22 ( ). This special insert included articles on Farmers Markets, our Open Fiel...

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