Who can join?

Farmers, Farmers Markets, Restaurants, Retailers, Wineries, Breweries, Distributors, Institutions, and other businesses with a commitment to producing, purchasing, and selling locally produced Central Illinois products. 

          *see eligibility info below

 

Why Become a Member of Buy Fresh Buy Local- Central Illinois?

Check out our great membership benefits:

  • Participation in a professional and well-researched marketing campaign at the cost of only $45 for farms and $75 for businesses for 2 years.

  • Use of BFBL marketing materials, including signs, labels, and advertising templates.

  • Assistance with marketing, including farm and restaurant profiles that will be featured on the Buy Fresh Buy Local website and e-newsletters, as well as event marketing through Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s social media networks.

  • Participation in a growing network  of restaurants, retailers, farmers’ markets, and distributors.

  • Listing in both the web-based and hard copy Membership Directory reaching thousands of Central Illinois  consumers.

  • Participation in a campaign that promotes consumer awareness of the importance of locally-produced foods.

 

 

How much does it cost?

A 2-year membership is just $45 for farms and $75 for all other business.

*ELIGIBILITY INFO: Farm or Business must be located in one of the following counties: Knox, Stark, Fulton, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, McLean, Livingston, Ford, Iroquois, Mason, Tazewell, Champaign, Vermillion, Cass, Menard, Logan, Dewitt, Piatt, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Moultrie, Shelby, Macon, Christian, Sangamon, Montgomery, Macoupin, Morgan, Jersey, Greene, Scott and Calhoun.

 

Farms: Eligible for membership are farmers that grow or raise foods or other agricultural products (e.g. ornamental plants, bedding plants or Christmas trees) in Central Illinois primarily for consumption in that same region. The main market for products promoted with BFBL Central Illinois materials must be in the designated chapter region. BFBL Central Illinois products must be traceable to a specific farm. BFBL Central Illinois materials should be used only for locally grown products. BFBL Central Illinois members who also sell non-locally produced items are expected to take care that such products are properly labeled to distinguish them from local foods. e.g. Missouri Peaches. Sustainable practices are encouraged and preferred and/or a plan to become sustainable. Click here to read more about sustainable practices.

 

Other Businesses: Eligible for membership are businesses (Farmers Markets, Restaurants, Retailers, Institutions, Other) that buy from BFBL member farmers for food preparation or resale. A commitment to purchasing and promoting local foods should be a stated marketing strategy/message or value/principle of the business.Membership requires participation in an annual survey to demonstrate a commitment to local purchasing and gauge economic impact. BFBL materials should be used only for foods that feature BFBL farm-produced ingredients. It is expected that BFBL materials not be used in a misleading manner.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois, please call Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563 or email molly@ilstewards.org.