Illinois apple orchard

Wolfe Orchard Apple Growers are Experts to the Core

Apple growers at Wolfe Orchard in Monticello harvest both popular and heirloom varieties in their orchard.

Fresh Ricotta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Seasonal Summer Recipes From the Farmers’ Market

Find fresh ingredients from your local farmers market for delicious summer recipes.


Spring Into Healthy Eating With Illinois-Grown Veggies

Illinois-grown horseradish and springtime veggies star in this three-course meal.

Local Produce

Prairie State Produce

Visit the Prairie Bounty of Illinois website to find farm-fresh foods in your neighborhood.

Diane Letson

Chicago Mom Sees the Power of Food

An Illinois Farm Families Field mom examines how food is raised during farm visits.

Leepy's Country Gourmet Foods - Home Canned Illinois Products

Leepy’s Serves Locavores With Home-Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Leepy’s Country Gourmet Foods offers a wide variety of canned products – pickles, relishes, jellies and more – sold at local farmers’ markets.

Chicago Community Gardens

Chicago Neighborhood Gardens Grow Veggies, Community Spirit

More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce in the city.

Sweet corn recipes

Sweet Corn Recipes: We’re All Ears

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.

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries at Illinois Farms

Find a Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farm Near You

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.

Illinois Horseradish Farmer Jeff Heepke, Edwardsville, IL

Southwest Illinois: Horseradish Capital of America

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.

Al's Cafe & Creamery, Elgin, Illinois, wine and shrimp arrabiata

Al’s Cafe and Creamery Makes Malt Shop Memories in Elgin

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.

Posters Show Where Thanksgiving Dinner Comes From

In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, November 13-19, Linda Zellmer has created a way to connect consumers to where their Thanksgiving dinner originates.

4-year-old Dylan Beilfuss looks for a pumpkin at The Pumpkin Patch in Caledonia, Illinois.

Patch Things Up at The Great Pumpkin Patch

Pick out the perfect pumpkin at an Illinois farm.

Pumpkins grow in a pumpkin patch

Farm Facts: Pumpkins

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.

Peaches at Eckert's Country Store and Farms

Illinois Fruit Calendar: Ripe and Ready for Summer

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.

Springfield Farmers Market

Farmers’ Market Finds: Shopping Tips and Recipes

Discover recipes that use those farmers’ market finds, including squash, cucumbers and other summer produce.

Video: Sager Farms in Kell, Illinois

Sager Farms in Kell, Illinois has raised peaches and apples for more than 30 years.

How To Grow Herbs Indoors

To enjoy fresh herbs year-round, consider indoor herb gardening.

Taste NC

3 Ways To Preserve Tomatoes

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.

Dan and Janet Hart (members of Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association) work with their bees at their home in Brimfield, Illinois.

Sweet Life of Beekeeping

Here’s the buzz on beekeeping in Illinois.

sweet potatoes

Home-Grown Sweet Potatoes

Learn how to plant a sweet potato.

Chicago, Illinois Farmers Market

Chicago’s Many Farmers’ Markets Help You Eat Like a Locavore

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.


Life’s a Peach at Eckert’s Country Store

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.


Say Hello to Heirloom Tomatoes

In recent years, heirloom versions have become quite popular among gardeners and tomato lovers alike.


Lambs Farm’s Meaningful Gift

Founded in 1961, Lambs Farm is a non-profit organization that caters to adults with developmental disabilities.


Growing Asparagus Takes Patience

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.


Farm Fresh: Winter Squash

When the weather gets cold and the traditional fruits of summer are out of season, winter squash can be a delicious and healthy option.

Ropp Jersey Cheese in Normal, Illinois

Ropp Jersey Cheese Breaks the Mold

McLean County’s Ropp family finds a niche with its artisan cheese business.