Locally grown food
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[JULY 19, 2004]
A new website,
Illinois Farm Direct,
helps consumers find fresh, locally grown food through a list of
cooperating farm locations around Illinois. To search the list,
people can enter their ZIP code and see a display of contact
information and products sold by Illinois farmers who sell directly
"More than 500 farmers are listed for
the entire state," said David Onstad, University of Illinois
associate professor of natural resources and environmental sciences.
"Among the various products sold directly to consumers include
blackberries, eggplants, veal, organic heirloom potatoes, duck and
goose eggs, organic vegetables, leaf lettuces, and more."
Almost 200 farmers' markets in Illinois
are also listed on the site.
Food products directly from farms are
thought to have more taste, more and different varieties than
grocery stores, and can be fresher. Also, many of the farmers who
participate in this site use sustainable or organic practices
preferred by some consumers.
"In a local market, consumers have more
power when they communicate with farmers, encouraging them to grow
your favorite foods in an environmentally and socially sound manner.
With this website, we give power to people to make farming less
about price and more about the natural and social communities in
which you live," said Onstad.
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A printed version of the Farm Direct
locations and Illinois farmers' markets is also available. Each of
the more than 700 public libraries in Illinois will have information
about the website and one copy of the printed guide. The guide can
be purchased directly by sending a $3 check, made payable to The
Land Connection, to The Land Connection, P.O. Box 197, Goodfield, IL
61742-0197. Please include your address.
Sources who can comment on issues
related to organic foods and sustainable agriculture include Terra
Brockman, The Land Connection,
Terra@mtco.com, (309) 678-2672, and Laurence Mate, Prairieland
firstname.lastname@example.org, (217) 356-6828.
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