Spring Into Healthy Eating With Illinois-Grown Veggies

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


Farm Focus: Potatoes

The potato is the most important non-cereal crop for feeding the world, ranking behind corn, wheat and rice. Here are some more interesting trivia and fun facts about potatoes.

Winecrisp Apples are a new Illinois variety

WineCrisp Apples Are a New Illinois Variety

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.

Video: Sager Farms in Kell, Illinois

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

Wheat fields in Illinois

Wheat Fast Facts

Wheat has long been one of the most important crops in the world, with millions of acres devoted to wheat production.

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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.


Say Hello to Heirloom Tomatoes

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


A Hayfield of Dreams

Sunny days and storytelling arrive with season’s first Illinois hay bales.


Morrow Plots is an Urbana Legend

Morrow Plots at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is country’s oldest experimental crop field.


Fairbury’s Patriotic Corncrib

Most farmers use metal grain bins to store their harvested crops. But not Norman Young. This is his patriotic corncrib in Fairbury, Illinois.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup Recipes

Warm Up With These Winter Recipes

Winter-weather recipes made from Illinois produce to warm your soul and stomach.


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.