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Choose Healthy Foods From Local Growers

Learn to eat healthy as you support local growers in a monthly Zoom series presented by University of Illinois Extension experts. Each webinar begins at 12:00 p.m. and is 30 minutes in length. To register or for more information please visit us online at or call us at 815-858-2273. You must register in advance in order to receive the Zoom link to attend. 

  • Community Supported Agriculture Subscription Services | April 21
    CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, is a subscription-based service for buying from local farmers. Learn more about different styles of CSA, produce availability, and tips for eating local with your CSA share. Presenter: Caitlin Mellendorf
  • Sample the Season | May 19
    What kind of fruits and vegetables should you expect when you arrive at an Illinois farmers market? Learn how to prepare these fruits and vegetables, and get inspiration for ways to use them at the dinner table. You’ll discover the art of menu planning, and take away new recipes to try! Presenter: Jenna Smith
  • What to Expect at Farmers Markets | June 16
    Tempted to go to the Farmers Market, but not sure why or how? Learn why it’s better for you and your local economy to shop at the Farmers Market first! Get to know the farmer who grows the food. Learn the ins and outs of shopping at the market: when to go, what to buy, what to bring. Presenter: Mary Liz Wright
  • Preserve Like a Pro | July 21
    Are you planning on preserving your garden’s bounty? This session will cover the pros and cons of canning, freezing, drying and fermenting your favorite foods. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of which food preservation method to use and where to find reputable resources. Presenter: Kristin Bogdonas
  • Storing Your Bountiful Harvest | August 18 
    After a bountiful summer harvest, you will want to ensure your fresh fruits and vegetables are properly stored and can be enjoyed for months to come. Learn how to cure squash and the best conditions for storing your root vegetables, winter squash, and apples. Presenter: Diane Reinhold

If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please email Diane Reinhold, Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.