Farmers Markets, Local Food Producers Featured in Statewide
Stuart Tarr, University of Illinois Agroecology/Sustainable
Agriculture Program, (217) 333-1588
Illinois farmers’ markets, fruit and vegetable growers,
livestock producers and other local food producers are invited
to register with Farm-Direct, a statewide farmer-to-consumer directory.
This directory helps consumers locate fresh, high-quality agricultural
products that are grown and sold in their local communities. By
listing their organization or business in the directory, local
farmers’ markets and other ag producers can reach more potential
Farm-Direct started in central Illinois during 2002-2003 to build
strong links between local Illinois food producers and consumers
looking for fresh, healthy products. This initial effort in a
25-county area yielded a listing of more than 200 producers, markets
and processors that sold directly to consumers. Now, the Farm-Direct
project is expanding to include the entire state.
For more details about Farm-Direct, visit the: Southern Illinois
Community and Economic Development website. Or, contact David
Onstad at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Farm-Direct listing will include farmers markets, roadside
stands, u-pick operations, and local processors and producers
who sell directly to consumers. There is no fee to register in