Illinois leads the nation in production of both ornamental and processing pumpkins
Enjoy a slice from Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago.
Enjoy hearty soup at a Southeastern Illinois “chowder,” which, in this region, refers to a social gathering where the dish is made and served.
Leepy’s Country Gourmet Foods offers a wide variety of canned products – pickles, relishes, jellies and more – sold at local farmers’ markets.
Maggie’s Munchies in Park Ridge, Illinois, offers a wide selection of freshly baked, preservative-free dog treats with no artificial flavors or colors.
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.
Spice up your meals with Riley’s Seasonings and Spices from Pittsfield.
Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Buy local for holiday presents. There are some great gift ideas made in Illinois.
This holiday season, give the gift of handmade Belgian chocolates from a Chicago area chocolatier.
Flesor’s Candy Kitchen is a return destination for anyone looking for a taste of small-town Illinois.
WineCrisp, a newly developed variety of dessert apple, has been in the making for more than 20 years by plant breeders from three universities, Rutgers, Purdue and the University of Illinois.
Six community colleges across Illinois offer courses and training programs to prepare students for careers working in the local food sector.
Midstate Meat Company took last year’s Illinois State Fair by storm with their Meat Man Parfait – layers of pulled pork, beef brisket and mashed potatoes in a plastic cup, topped with a dollop of potatoes, a drizzle of barbecue sauce and a cherry (tomato) on top.
B’s Country Special in Abingdon creates soybean-rich snack mixes.
Pasta Alley in Decatur offers 40 pasta flavors.
Southern Illinois’ Shawnee Hills region is ripe for a wine-lover’s weekend.
Taste delicious candies at Pease’s in Springfield.