Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Weekly Crop Update 11-10-14
By Mike Roegge, University of Illinois Extension, Adams/Brown/Hancock/Pike/Schuyler
The growing season is definitely ended, but there are still some opportunities to enjoy fresh, local products for the upcoming holidays. The Tri State Local Foods Network (TSLFN) is sponsoring some Winter Farmers Markets at the Kroc Center in Quincy. This is an opportunity for you to pick up some goodies just in time for the holidays. The growers of TSLFN (wisas.org) have a goal of strengthening the relationship between grower and consumer. They want to provide local products to families in our area. At the November market there will be fresh vegetables, baked goods, beef products, pecans and more.
The Kroc Center, 405 Vermont, Quincy, will be the host for these events. The time will be from 3:00-6:00pm, on the following dates: November 25, December 22, January 20 and February 17.
There are other opportunities to purchase local food in the area as well. A new store front that features local foods is Grown and Gathered. They purchase local product for their shelves, and are located at 729 Hampshire Street in Quincy. They feature fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and honey.
There are several restaurants in Quincy that feature local fare. A majority of the food that Thyme Square restaurant serves is local. The Maine Course and 2Thirty4 also serve some local products. Bittersweet Confections provide catering and they feature local products.
If you've not seen our listing of producers who sell product to the public, it's available for you to utilize when sourcing local foods. It includes names and contacts for local growers of fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, baked goods, honey and specialty items. It's available at web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/localgrown