What does local mean?
Local food can be defined in many ways. Some businesses may be hyperlocal with a 25-50-mile radius, while various USDA organizations may define it as anywhere form 250-500 miles. Others may define it by county, state or region. This may seem confusing - or that anything can be local. However, local is how YOU define it. Consider local like you consider the definition of community. A community can vary, depending on the activity, culture, and the people. Consider the factors that matter to you and how you prioritize local. Supporting local is truly about hearing a story and learning from the other person. It is about building a strong community.
We’re making local more accessible!
Start shopping local farm and food businesses in and and start shopping local farm and food businesses in and around your community. It’s a great way to support your local community!
Shop Local features an interactive map that contains the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of over 1700 Illinois farms and businesses who market through pick-your own, roadside markets, farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs, and wholesale.
Shop Local is brought to you through a partnership with Illinois Farm Bureau, in cooperation with the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and Illinois MarketMaker.
Other great ways to support local in your community:
- Start by reading packages and labels to see where and how your food is being sourced in the grocery store. Remember to ask questions when you are shopping or out to dinner. Discover how your food is sourced.
- If the business isn’t sourcing local, be an advocate! Encourage the business to support other small businesses by sourcing from local farmers and processors.
- Make buying local an experience. Visit farms, support a farm to fork restaurant, or visit the small business in your neighborhood.
- Discover the farmers market in your community. Visit the Illinois Farmers Market Association to find farmers markets near you.
Growing Our Community Together.