farmers markets

A booth at the farmers market
The Land Connection

As the number of farmers markets grow across the state, inconsistencies in regulation for the farmers who travel from county to county has become apparent, but new legislation intends to remove some of the barriers. 

Tom Lisi / NPR Illinois

The spring legislative session has been overshadowed by a 22-month stretch without a budget. Nevertheless, meaty legislation is being weighed. Those issues include abortion, wage theft, animal research and criminal justice.

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Dan Stroud / FLICKR.COM/DSTROUD (CC-BY-NC)

A group of Illinois legislators are pushing an agenda intended to help farmers who sell at local markets.

Lisa Clemmons Stott
Terry Farmer for Springfield Business Journal (used by permission)

Springfield’s main farmers market is changing this year — Wednesdays will now be an afternoon market.

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Ill. Dept. of Agriculture

The University of Illinois Extension Service is now regularly surveying prices at farmers markets around the state.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign the surveys of 11 farmers markets around Illinois are being conducted as part of a three-state effort that includes Kentucky and Tennessee.

The weekly price surveys are being published on the University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification's website.  

The idea is to give produce farmers an idea of what prices look like across the region.