Apple growers at Wolfe Orchard in Monticello harvest both popular and heirloom varieties in their orchard.
Find fresh ingredients from your local farmers market for delicious summer recipes.
Illinois-grown horseradish and springtime veggies star in this three-course meal.
Visit the Prairie Bounty of Illinois website to find farm-fresh foods in your neighborhood.
An Illinois Farm Families Field mom examines how food is raised during farm visits.
Leepy’s Country Gourmet Foods offers a wide variety of canned products – pickles, relishes, jellies and more – sold at local farmers’ markets.
More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce in the city.
Learn about corn varieties, storage tips and recipes including Creamy Chili-Lime Creamed Corn, Corn and Blueberry Salad, Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salsa, and Potato Corn Chowder.
The Illinois Farm Visit website offers an easy-to-use resource for finding pick-your-own farms across the state for fresh strawberries this spring.
Nationwide, roughly 24 million pounds of horseradish roots are ground and processed each year to produce some 6 million gallons of prepared horseradish. Illinois grows the lion’s share.
When Al Berg opened Al’s Café & Creamery in Elgin in 1981, it quickly became a favorite with the locals for its hand-blended malts. Thirty years later, Al’s is still serving up the same rich malts made with high-quality ice cream, but it has also become a destination for creative cuisine made with fresh, seasonal produce.
In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, November 13-19, Linda Zellmer has created a way to connect consumers to where their Thanksgiving dinner originates.
Pick out the perfect pumpkin at an Illinois farm.
More than 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the the United States each year, and more than 495 million of those pounds are grown in Illinois. These are more facts about pumpkins.
Illinois is full of fresh fruits that are ripe and ready to be picked. Check out this list of which fruits are in season this summer.
Discover recipes that use those farmers’ market finds, including squash, cucumbers and other summer produce.
Sager Farms in Kell, Illinois has raised peaches and apples for more than 30 years.
To enjoy fresh herbs year-round, consider indoor herb gardening.
One of summer’s tastiest gifts is a basket of juicy ripe tomatoes fresh from the vine. With a day’s work and a little know-how, you can enjoy your bounty of summer tomatoes year-round.
Here’s the buzz on beekeeping in Illinois.
Learn how to plant a sweet potato.
Farmers’ markets encourage finding high-quality, fresh foods close to home. Chicago has 24 city-run farmers’ markets that operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The sixth and seventh generations run Eckert’s Country Store and Farms in Belleville, the largest you-pick apple and peach orchard in the nation.
In recent years, heirloom versions have become quite popular among gardeners and tomato lovers alike.
Founded in 1961, Lambs Farm is a non-profit organization that caters to adults with developmental disabilities.
If you’re starting asparagus in your garden this year, remember that you’ll have to wait three years after planting for your first crop.
When the weather gets cold and the traditional fruits of summer are out of season, winter squash can be a delicious and healthy option.
McLean County’s Ropp family finds a niche with its artisan cheese business.