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Eat Fresh from Your Local Farmers Markets
Community Supported Agriculture Boxes
Learn how to get the most from your local CSA box.
Sample the Season's Favorites
Learn how to wash and cut different fruits and vegetables and how to transform them into delicious dishes everyone will enjoy
What to Expect at the Farmers Markets
Learn the ins and outs of shopping at the market: when to go, what to buy, what to bring.
Make good choices when it comes to the food you eat
Get the Scoop on Sodium
Learn what sodium is and how to identify high-sodium foods, along with easy ways to modify recipes
Facts on Fats
Fats provide body fuel, help absorb some nutrients, and add flavors to foods. Use more heart-healthy fats.
Life is Sweet: Let's Eat Smarter
Learn how to identify added and natural sugars in your diet to keep your heart beating strong.
Fill Your Pantry by Learning to Preserve Food
How to Can Foods
What equipment do I need to preserve food at home? What recipes are safe to use?
How to Dry Foods
Learn up-to-date drying methods, ways to test for sufficient drying, and ways to use dried foods in recipes.
How to Ferment Foods
Fermentation is growing in popularity as a way to create foods and drinks with probiotic properties for healthy gut microbes.
How to Process Tomatoes
Whether canning, freezing or drying, it’s important to follow up-to-date methods.
Make Jellies & Jams
Make a sweet spread, such as jams and jellies, at home with your favorite berries and other fruits.
How to Preserve Apples
You choose: juicing, freezing, canning, and dehydrating apples.
Healthy Eating Trends to Consider
How Stress Impacts Hunger
Increase your awareness of how emotions and stress affects eating habits and identify emotional triggers leading to emotional eating.
Science of Popular Eating Trends
Understand the latest food diets, such as paleo, intermittent fasting, ketogenic, and whole 30 diets.
How to Cook for One
Standard family-size recipes are hard to use for only one or two people. Get tips on cutting down recipes, as well as shopping tips to save money.
Sell Safely at Farmers Market
Learn about the latest legislation concerning Illinois Cottage Food law, and how to comply with safety standards to ensure that cottage food products are safe, healthy, and enjoyable for all.
Popular Kitchen Appliances
Learn how to use slow cookers, spiralizers, heavy-duty blenders, air fryers, and electric pressure cookers.
Preserve Like a Pro
Learn the pros and cons of canning, freezing, drying and fermenting your favorite foods.