Will you take the Challenge?
During the month of September, we challenge you to make one or all of the following pledges:
1. I pledge to shop at the farmers market once a week throughout September
2. I pledge to eat two meals each week featuring mostly local ingredients
3. I pledge to source all of my meat and protein directly from local farmers using ethical practices throughout the month of September
This is the time of year when local food is most abundant, yet farmers often see a drop off in sales. By committing to buying locally in September you will not only have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of fresh produce and proteins (often at the best prices), but you will also help small farmers in your area continue to earn income that will keep them afloat during the winter months.
How it Works
Choose one or all three of the Challenges listed above and sign up online.
You'll be automatically subscribed to weekly emails during the month of September with recipes, stories about local farmers, and event reminders to keep you on track!
Keep yourself accountable and share with others by posting your purchases and yummy meals on Facebook with hashtag #EatLocalSeptemberChallenge @BuyFreshBuyLocalCentralIllinois for your chance to win weekly prizes!
What Do I Get?
Challenge participants will receive a free downloadable packet that includes a Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois Directory, meal plans, recipes, and upcoming food and farm events on the 1st of September.
Great prizes are also available! Share photos throughout the month for your chance to win weekly gift cards, and ake the final survey for a chance to win $100 to your local farmers market.