September 13,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     
toppp Jeff Moyer to deliver keynote at final Risk Management in Organic Grain Farming workshop

The Land Connection is proud to host Jeff Moyer, the Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, as the keynote speaker for the culminating conference in our Risk Management in Organic Grain Farming series. 

Jeff is a world-renowned authority on organic agriculture. He has spent the past four decades at Rodale developing pioneering techniques including the No-Till Roller Crimper. He is also a past-chair of the National Organic Standards Board. Mr. Moyer's keynote will address ways organic grain farmers can reduce risk through collaborative projects.

Registration is open for both the third ( Managing Risk in Organic Grain Farming, on December 8   ) and final (Risk Management in the Emerging Grain Industry on February 16 ) workshops in this series, find more information on the whole series  here .

Market Corner
It's Bring a Friend to the Market Day at the Champaign Farmers' MarketInvite someone new to the market with you and show them how convenient and delicious it is to shop at the Champaign Farmers' Market. What better way to enjoy a gorgeous afternoon? 

Learn more about the upcoming Pygmalion Festival's new food component in the Community Tent. The lineup is delicious! You can also sign up for the Central Illinois Eat Local Challenge, or stop by and pick up your tote bag if you've already registered online.

Don't forget to stop by the Sampling Tent for our  Secrets of a Seasonal Cook  chef demos at 4:15 and 5:15. This week we welcome special guest Shades from Watson's Shack & Rail. He and Chef Alisa will be showing off two different onion recipes.

This week we're excited for the return of We Products, who will be working with Triple M Farm out of Clinton, IL to bring you sweet corn, mums, and pumpkins!

Avery Farms will also be back with us, and they're bringing several  varieties of potatoes, onions, small ornamental pumpkins, and a couple varieties of winter squash for some great easy meals now that it's getting cool enough to put that oven on.

Another exciting return: Cary's Garden of Eatin' will have figs! They've been a big hit so far this season, pick some up today. She'll also have a great array of fruits and veggies.

Okaw Valley Orchard will also be bringing plenty of fruit and sweet treats, including: apples, pears,apple cider, cider donuts, peaches and cream cake, apple streusel cake and caramel apples!

This week you'll find:
  • Figs
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes 
  • Pumpkins
  • Summer squash
  • Pattypan squash
  • Winter squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Fresh herbs
  • Apple cider
  • Popsicles
  • Cider doughnuts
  • Bread
  • Baked goods
  • Apple cider
  • Maple syrup
  • Jams
  • Honey
As always, the Champaign Farmers' Market accepts Link, and we'll double your benefits up to $20 each weekRSVP to our Facebook event page to get vendor updates and share your market experience.

All this and more from 4-7 this afternoon. Come enjoy yet another gorgeous afternoon with us at the Market and load up on fresh local food!
farmfnFarm Fresh Now! Recipe of the Week

Super root to the rescue! Fall is coming, and as the days get shorter and cooler (well, a little bit cooler) the tables at farmers' markets that were once piled high with delicate summer fruits and vegetables are changing to heaps of heartier, thicker skinned foods that will hold up nicely in a cool basement over the winter. 

Visit us at the market today to pick up your free  recipe card  and nutrition card! Find all of our Farm Fresh Now! recipes on our website!

WorkshopsWorkshops, Field Days, and Grant Opportunities

Central Illinois Farm Beginnings
Classes start October 22
Applications are open for our year-long farmer training program. Now entering its 12th year of creating successful farm businesses, Central Illinois Farm Beginnings (CIFB) gives aspiring farmers the opportunity to write a plan for the development of their farm business over the course of nine winter classes and with the guidance of expert farmers from the region. After the completion of the coursework, students are matched with a mentor farmer as they begin their first year of production. Scholarships are available for this course and now is the time to apply! Learn more and apply online here!

The Artisan Cup and Fork 
October 23, 2016
Artisan Cup & Fork is downstate Illinois' premier food competition: Farm to table chefs combine with family owned farms to prepare one signature dish. We then pair those seasonally inspired creations with an artisan brewer or cider maker to offer eight truly unique culinary experiences.  Learn more about the competition and buy tickets here.

Managing Risk in Organic Grain Farming - Workshop Series
This series of workshops is designed to help you manage risk in organic grain production, marketing, and financing. The four-workshop series started in J uly and runs through February. Each workshop costs $25 to register, or $75 to register for all four. Learn more about the workshops and register here.


Prosperity Gardens Tour
September 14, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
302 N. First Street, Champaign
This free event includes a tour of the facility, four speakers involved with the community garden, an update on future projects, and free snacks.   Learn more here.

Farmers Market Fresh Cooking Classes
September 15: Farm to table basics
Prairie Fruits Farm, Champaign IL
Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Chef Alisa DeMarco invite you to join us on farm at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery for three different cooking classes featuring local ingredients, simple yet elegant recipes, and bright flavors. Make the most of the season and enjoy an evening of fine food, friends, and fresh cooking. All classes will take place between 6 and 8pm and cost $25 per person. 

Local Flavors Dinners
September 15th: V. Picasso
October 20th:Timpone's Restaurant

September 15th: Dinner at Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works
October 20th: Dinner at Anju Above
September 15th: Dinner at Engrained Brewing Company
September 25th:  Annual Harvest Celebration - Illinois Stewardship Alliance
October 20th: Dinner at American Harvest
September 15th: Dinner at Hearth Restaurant
October 20th: TBD

Enjoy farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during the Local Flavors 2016 farm-to-table restaurant series. Local Flavors dinners will be held on the third  Thursday of each month, June through October in Champaign, Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, and Peoria.  Stop by any participating restaurant on their scheduled date during their regular business hours. Each restaurant will prepare a Local Flavor Menu of three or more items featuring ingredients sourced directly from central Illinois farmers.

The series opens new markets for small farmers; highlights restaurants with a commitment to sourcing locally; and gives YOU a chance to support local farmers, local restaurants, and sustainable farming while savoring the finest flavors of central Illinois. Learn more here!

1st Annual Wool Conference & 6th Annual Sheep & Fiber Farm Tour
October 7, 2016
Falcon Heights, MN
Bloog Eating Local doesn't have to be a Challenge
School's back in session, the temperatures are slowly started to dip, and people will not shut up about pumpkin spice everything. Fall is tiptoeing into our lives, and I for one am very excited. Fall has always been my favorite season--I love the crisp air, the leaves changing and falling, and the smell of wood smoke around as people start using their fireplaces again. 

To learn more about what autumn means at the farmers' market,  read the rest of Sarah's blog here!

agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
Organic Valley will buy Farmers Creamery Cooperative in Oregon.   Learn more here.
Something you should do
Be sure to Eat Local this week!   Learn more here.

Something to be happy about
California expands overtime to farmworkers.    Learn more here.

You can post your ad or search for more listings in the  classifieds section  o f our website. To have something listed in the Weekly Harvest, email us at or call 217-840-2128.

Employment Opportunities:

Reporting to the President, the Office Manager is the operational contact for FamilyFarmed and is responsible for bookkeeping as well as supporting the administrative needs of the organization, staff, programs, events and project teams. The Office Manager performs general office administration tasks, provides administrative and program assistance, and serves as the human relations function.   Learn more here.

The Harvest Market Mission is to bring our customers and associates closer to the land, closer to our farmers and makers in order to help them make good food choices.  We believe in the genuineness of family-owned farms and farm families and promise to deliver great tasting food with integrity and transparency.   Learn more about employment opportunities  here .

Sola Gratia Farm is a mission-based farm enterprise dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality, natural produce. Along with selling its produce through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and other markets, the farm is committed to helping those who lack adequate food resources by donating at least ten percent of its produce to support regional hunger programs, such as the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

Farm hands will participate in all aspects of production. This includes greenhouse seeding, field planting, hand and mechanical weeding, harvesting, wash/pack, and distribution to the community. Farm hands will be working side-by-side with volunteers, and in some cases may be leading crews, so good people skills and ability to lead by example is important. More hours and financial bonuses may be available to people who do good work and are willing and able to take on more responsibility.  To apply, please send a cover letter to  or Sola Gratia Farm, 2200 South Philo Rd, Urbana, IL, 61801. 

We are seeking farm crew members to start immediately that have at least 1 year of experience on a farm. This is a paid, full-time position with room and board available.  
Knowledge of farm equipment, mechanical work and/or animal care is helpful and a great attitude is a must. 
We are seeking interns/crew members to start immediately.  This is a paid, full-time position with room and board available.   No experience is necessary, but experience in physical labor or mechanical work and animal care is helpful and a great attitude is a must. 

For more information and to apply, contact Julie Larson at

Do you want to farm?  Do you have land but not the skills to tend to it?  Have you wondered what it would be like to spend a summer growing food for a community surrounding a farm?  

Our apprenticeship is designed to give individuals with the desire to farm and grow food an opportunity to do that on a production scale to make a living.  We offer housing & monthly stipend in exchange for a full season commitment. 

We raise mixed produce for CSA, farmer's markets and wholesale customers.  We'll work side-by-side from seed to sale in hopes that you finish the season with a solid grasp of what it takes to run a small farm. Interns are expected to work quickly and efficiently in good and bad weather, to ask questions, and to learn from mistakes. Stipend starting @ $800/month and food from the farm as well as shared housing for the right candidate.
Full-time and part-time positions available. Contact Dylan at!

We are hiring for farm hands. This is part-time work starting in May or June running into December. You would be doing all kinds of manual labor: harvesting, weeding, washing, occasional transplanting and general cleanup. The benefits are hard to beat: lots of produce, exercise, and interesting people to talk to. No experience needed. For an application, visit our website. Please fill it out and send to:

This is a part-time job opportunity to work with Jones Country Gardens of Pontiac, Illinois. One day per week the employee will work in a group setting for the duration of Urbana's Market at the Square 2016. The Farmers' Market Sales Associate will gain experience operating a farmers' market stand at one of the oldest and busiest farmers' markets in the State of Illinois. The position will involve a high level of engagement with coworkers and customers in the midst of the hustle-and-bustle of the farmers' market.

I n collaboration with the Produce Manager and other staff, the Farmers' Market Sales Associate will work to market fresh produce, flowers, potting and bedding plants, eggs and frozen meats. Responsibilities will include:  Helping with setup and teardown of the stand,  assisting with display and marketing aspects of the operation,  engaging and conversing with customers and p rocessing transactions. Please email a brief cover letter and resume to, including "Farmers' Market Position" in the subject line. Feel free to contact our Produce Manager, Bryce Davis, with any questions at 815-674-8235.

Land, Equipment, and Other:

SEEKING John Deere 2025R or 2032R with H130 BUCKET
Organic specialty cut flower farm seeking JD 2025R or 2032R with H130 bucket and implements - tiller, manure spreader and bed shaper.  Email Ali at or call 773-841-4415 

NEW HOLLAND 1034 BALE WAGON (Mechanical hay loader/stacker)
A pull type wagon that can mechanically pick small square hay bales up out of the field and stack them into pallets of 100 bales that can be moved with a forklift. Always shedded while I've owned them, since 1999. I've quit raising hay. Two available. Asking $5,000 each, obo. 100 pallets also available. Pictures available here. Contact Brian Severson at  815-584-1850 or email

Selling at least 8 pastured, non-GMO fed, antibiotic-free pigs for around $1 a pound. Also available are a few  Red wattles which are antibiotic free, grown outside and will sell for 85 cents per pound. If you are interested contact Ammon Troyer at (217) 543-2979.

Small organic farm in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Chemical free for more than 15 years. Two tillable acres on quiet property (~ 4 acres) located on the wooded banks of the Pigeon River Watershed. Perfect for family who wants to enjoy nature, grow their own vegetables and fruits (apple and pear trees on property), fish and hunt, and live near a small community. Used for market gardens. Room to build a house. Two car garage, electricity, drilled well, septic system, greenhouse (house?) foundation, large compost bins on farm. Call 920-788-2445 or email

LAND USE OPPORTUNITY:  2.5 acres on north side of Aurora, IL
Landowner is making land available for garden/farm use. Has been in grass
since 1981. Located near Indian Trail and Mitchell Road. Call owner Bill
Robinson at  (630) 927-0519.
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 And thanks to all of our 2016 Market Sponsors!

 Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church