Outdoor farmers markets may be drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of ways to find seasonal produce and check out the local market scene. Many cities host indoor and holiday markets where you can find locally-grown goodness even in the winter months. Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets
When: Saturday, Nov. 21st and Saturday, Dec. 19th
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL.
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Chase Sanert of Sugar Grove Family Farms holds one of his heritage breed chickens. A herd of black cats plays alongside a litter of spotted piglets running loose in the farm yard. Chickens waddle closer and cluck as we pass by while cows munch lazily on grass in the hilly distance. An affectionate red Tamworth sow (a mother pig), trots up to the pen as we draw near, eager to have her ears scratched. Tammy the Tamworth jogs to the fence to say hi. “This is Tammy. She’s one of
In late September, 40 students, 2 teachers and a parent from Springfield Ball-Charter School boarded a big, yellow school bus and took the short ride out to Garrick Veenstra’s place in Rochester to experience a morning on the farm. Garrick started the tour by introducing himself and explaining that the farm they were visiting was not only his place of employment, but also his home. A few kids exchanged glances, raised eyebrows and commented on the possibility of living and
When: Saturday, January 30, 2016, 5 to 9 pm. Where: Foundation hall, Old State Capitol Building (level 2), Springfield, IL Cost: $7.00 per person. $5.00 for Slow Food Springfield members. Students are free with Student ID. Refreshments and a light dinner will be available for purchase. Presenting: 5:00-6:00 p.m: Top 10 Finalist Shorts from the 2015 Real Food Media Contest 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Dinner and Conversation 7:00-9:00 p.m.: A Farmer’s Road: A documentary that tells the s
Please note: The original location for the November Holiday Market has been changed. The market will now be held at the Expo Building at the State Fairgrounds in place of the Illinois Building. You can see the location of the new space here: https://www.agr.state.il.us/spacerental/map.pdf You will enter through Gate 1, past the Illinois Building (#18 on the map), and go straight past Happy Hollow. The Expo Building (listed as the Exposition Building, #11) will be the second b
Andy Heck, co-owner of Small Axe Market Gardens, smiles as he holds up mason jars of homemade fermentated veggies, picked from straight off of his farm. And who wouldn't smile if they were able to make something so beautiful and delicious. The art of fermentation is nothing new however. It's been around for ages. In fact, the earliest record of fermentation dates back to...wait for it....6000BC! Even cavemen were fermenting! And since then nearly every culture in the world h
Fall is the perfect time to try your hand at cooking spaghetti squash. Packed with nutrients, and oh so easy to prep, this golden beauty makes a great subsitute for pasta and a perfect the pallet for adding almost any flavor. And it's pretty much it's own serving bowl! Try the moroccan spiced spaghetti squash here for a flavor journey to Africa. Feeling like Italian instead? Simply substitute the moroccan spices for parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley. Or go Asian by topping
Head out to Peoria Brewing Company on November 7, from 4-10pm in support of the Wholesome Food Fund and the GITM Foundation's Mobile Fresh Food Van. Live music and delicious healthy food will be available throughout the evening and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Peoria marks one of the lowest counties in Illinois in consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Diets poor in produce have been linked to increased risk in diabetes, heart disease and cancers.
Seasonal, spooky, and sophisticated. That’s the theme of my Halloween menu this year. Imagine what an aristocratic Victorian vampire might eat for dinner on All Hallow’s Eve and this is what you might come up with. This year I wanted to the menu to feature upscale party fare and all of the finest fall flavors, but I needed it to be affordable as well. Let’s face it, we’ve all got budgets to stick to, and while dinner parties are fun, it’s no fun to come to your own Halloween
What's better than a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant? A delicious meal at your favorite restaurant starring the freshest local ingredients from central Illinois farmers, that's what! When you dine out for local flavors, you not only get to savor the flavors of Illinois, but you get to show your support for small farmers, sustainable farming, and local businesses. When you buy local, you exercise your power to change our food system and create a world where land, an