Cultivating Our Communities
Preserving Illinois’ Food and Farm Businesses
Illinois Farm Bureau, in partnership with Lt. Governor Stratton’s Office, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and FarmWeekNow.com, are highlighting farm and food businesses throughout Illinois. These uplifting stories feature members and their unique journeys along with how they connect to the community. Two times a week farm or food businesses will be highlighted on partner social media outlets and featured in FarmWeekNow.com.
The #CultivatingOurCommunities Campaign showcases Illinois agricultural diversity and raises consumer awareness statewide, nationwide, and globally of the foods raised and sold in Illinois. Click on the interactive map and highlighted counties to read more about the featured farms in their communities. This interactive map is updated weekly to showcase current and past features from the campaign.
Please know this is a sample of the diversity around the state of Illinois. To learn about other farms like the ones featured in this campaign, visit www.specialtygrowers.org/shoplocal to find our online directory “Prairie Bounty” that is free to all farm and food businesses.
We hope these stories demonstrate how food connects us all while presenting each unique story and bringing us back to the farm where it all begins. What is local? What is community? For us, local is community. Where is your local?
What is Prairie Bounty?
The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), in cooperation with the Illinois Specialty Growers Association (ISGA) and Illinois MarketMaker, publishes the “Prairie Bounty of Illinois” online directory. This Prairie Bounty directory features an interactive map that contains the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of Illinois farms and businesses who market through pick-your own, roadside markets, farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs, and wholesale.
As consumer demand for local food access and summer and fall market seasons approach, local supply access is more important than ever. Whether you’re looking for fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, herbs, flowers, a pumpkin patch, a pick-your-own farm, vineyards, breweries, or distilleries, you’ll find them at our “Prairie Bounty of Illinois” online directory. Prairie Bounty, a directory of over 900 farms, businesses and specialty groups across the state, is available online at www.specialtygrowers.org/shoplocal.
All Illinois farms and food businesses have the opportunity to input their market data into a central storehouse (MarketMaker) to update their operation’s information. If you are interested in being listed in the directory, please go to the listed website. By utilizing this online procedure, you will have the ability to go to this one central location and update your information as often as you wish, it will be automatically updated across all shared platforms including our website, MarketMaker, Illinois Farmers Market Association, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois, and newly added Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois.
What is Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois?
Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and 9 other farm and food organizations around the state are working to create a statewide branding and marketing program named Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois. Together they work build a vibrant, resilient local food economy across the state by promoting local food and providing the highest level of transparency and transparency to the public. This program hosts a shared directory on their website through MarketMaker. Farms and food businesses profiles show across platforms like Prairie Bounty and Buy Fresh Buy Local while require the business to maintain one profile. For more information visit https://buyfreshbuylocal.org/illinois/.