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Contact Us

Laurie George
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market


A lot of great information here on farmers' markets - just didn't fit anywhere else!

  • •A Guide to Starting, Operating, and Selling in Farmers Markets

  • A Guide to Illinois Laws Governing Direct Farm Marketing
    Publication by Rich Schell J.D, in cooperation with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. The guide informs farmers and growers about what they need to know to legally sell farm products directly to consumers.

  • Driftwatch - National Speciality Crop Site Registry
    DriftWatch™ is a tool for identifying specialty crop sites and to further enhance communications between producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators that promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and manage drift effects that sometimes occur from spray operations.

  • Illinois Farmers' Market Association
    IFMA is dedicated to the growth and management of farmers markets throughout Illinois, serving the needs and interests of managers, farmers, vendors, customers and all stakeholders in local community markets.

  • Local Food Directories - USDA
    USDA’s Local Food Directories are the gateway to locate local food retail and wholesale market outlets. The directories are a free service to help you find local food businesses. You can search for markets and operations according to zip code, product availability, payment method and even whether the market participates in Federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Farmers Market, CSA, Food Hub and On-farm Market Directories are now available for public viewing.

  • Local Food Time Ticker PDF

  • Organic Labeling at Farmer's Markets PDF
    The Organic Labeling at Farmer's Markets fact sheet can help farmers market vendors and community supported agriculture (CSA) operations properly market organic fruits, vegetables, or livestock products to consumers who are looking for fresh, locally sourced foods. It helps market participants understand the organic requirements, and know when organic certification is required. Finally, the fact sheet points to the Organic Literacy Initiative for additional information on organic regulations and certification.

  • Soil Testing Labs
    This list is provided for your reference. Call for current fees and services.

  • U.S. Drought Monitor

  • USDA AMS Farmers' Markets Directory

  • Year-Round Planting Calendar
    Planting guide for year-round field and hoop house production - from vegetables to fruits. It also presents facts and figures about nutrition loss over time, where your food dollar goes, and how our communities would benefit if only 15% of consumer food purchases went to local farmer Published by The Land Connection.