June 14,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     
We don't mean to brag, but for our next training program we've really brought in the heavyweights.

Our  Rotational Grazing Field Day on  June 26 will feature some of the best from the sustainable livestock business in central Illinois. This full-day event will open with presentations and tours with Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, followed by tours of Rush Creek Farms, Seven Sisters Farm, and Bane Family Meats, all in Sidney, Illinois, all successfully practicing rotational grazing, raising healthy, productive herds ranging from chickens to pigs to goats to sheep and more. 

Want more? At our next program, a  Hay and Straw Workshop on  July 10, you will learn how to evaluate and purchase great feed for your livestock. Wes Jarrell will share his experience as a livestock farmer, and you will hear from local hay growers.

June 26, 9am-4pm
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

July 10, 1-5pm
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Market Corner

Summer is in full swing, and so is the Champaign Farmers' Market!

We've got a delicious array of local produce, meat, grains, cheeses, treats, and flowers lined up for you this afternoon. 

RSVP to our Facebook event page to help share the Market with the community.

And don't forget to stop by the Sampling Tent for a taste as you shop!

Here's the quick rundown:
  • Romanesco
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Snow peas
  • Mulberries
  • Strawberries 
  • Rhubarb
  • Cucumbers
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Cheddar & purple   cauliflower
  • Radishes 
  • Eggplant
  • Pattypan squash
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Head lettuce
  • Romaine heads
  • Rainbow chard
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Bok choy
  • Cabbage 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Broccoli 
  • Wild Alaskan Salmon
  • Organic pork & poultry
  • Potatoes 
  • Turnips
  • Garlic scapes
  • Green onion
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Beets
  • Tarragon
  • Cilantro
  • Mint 
  • Flowers 
  • Goat cheese
  • Goat's milk gelato
  • Popsicles
  • Bread
  • Scones
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Cornmeal
  • Buckwheat
  • Popcorn
This week marks the return of one of our most anticipated vendors: Sitka Salmon Shares. Sitka will only be on hand for two weeks each in June, July, and August with their fantastic wild Alaskan salmon. Stop by and learn more about their work supporting sustainable fishermen. This week is also a Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery week! They'll be out with creamy goat cheese, and their flavorful goat's milk gelato, perfect for a hot afternoon.

Nothing says summer food more than cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. Pheasant Ridge Farms of Urbana will have lemon cucumbers, okra, sungold tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet lunch box peppers, jalapenos, Havasu peppers (between a bell and a jalapeno), EGGPLANT , and patty pan squash. They'll also have what you need for our recipe of the week: Romanesco, as well as purple and cheddar cauliflower. It's probably the last week for these items, so stop by and stock up!

We thought it was the end of rhubarb season, but Stone Court Farm has seen a rebound, and it will be back! They'll also have strawberries, mulberries, and a variety of fresh herbs. Sounds like the beginning of some fabulous salad dressings. Joy of Illinois Farm will have peas, cookies, "pumpkin" bread (made with last fall's Hubbard squash), and whole wheat bread.

Brian Severson Farms will have samples of Carrot and Kale Spice Muffins, with this great recipe available for you to make this tasty, healthy treat with their whole wheat flour, and kale and carrots from our other vendors. They'll also be taste-testing a new granola: they baked their rolled oats, wheat flour, blue and yellow cornmeal, and wheat middlings (wheat bran and germ) into a tasty treat with honey and oil that could be eaten alone or with yogurt and berries. Give it a try and let them know what you think!

Sola Gratia Farm will have snow and snap peas, radishes, lettuce, collards, and more. And Illinois Willows is bringing the color with lilies, lavender, dianthus, sea holly, larkspur, mixed bouquets, cotton, and succulents. 

This week in the Community Tent we'll be joined by the Twin City Derby Girls,  Champaign-Urbana's premier roller derby league, and a local non-profit. Their mission is to bring roller derby to the Champaign-Urbana community by fostering athleticism, empowerment and sportsmansh ip among women, girls, and supporters, while benefiting local non-profit organizations through charitable donations and service. Stop by and learn about volunteer and membership opportunities with this great organization.  
farmfnFarm Fresh Now! Recipe of the Week

The fractacally never ending broccoli.

Romanesco has to be one of the most stunning veggies that you will see at the market. This Italian broccoli is not only mesmerizing, but also easy to digest! It has been described as tasting "like cauliflower, but not as boring," and "like broccoli, but not so broccoli" -- I'm not sure if that helps, but it is wonderful raw or cooked (just don't over cook!), and it will jazz up any crudité platter with its gorgeous bright green color and its mathing personality!

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!

mentorWant a Farmer-Mentor? We've got 'em! 

Dave Bishop has been farming since 1981. He began with conventional corn, soybeans, wheat and oats, but began to transition to chemical free practices in 1985, and after the chemical free crops did significantly better than the conventional ones in the drought of 1988, he transitioned all his fields.
In 2004, PrairErth Farm was certified organic. Bishop also raises approximately 40 head of cattle for direct sale a year, and some pork and chicken, assisted by his youngest son Graham. The farm also maintains some prairie land, saving seeds from this to donate to schools, and is host to several environmental study projects, such as cover crop demonstrations and insect counts. His son Hans and daughter-in-law Katie also farm with him and sell their products through a CSA, farmers' markets (including ours!), and to stores and restaurants.
Dave is an outspoken advocate of the importance of diversification on the farm. He frequently implores growers who are considering transitioning to organic production to keep in mind that organic production is not just about substituting inputs, but about a new way of thinking. A member of the board of The Land Connection and a frequent speaker for TLC's training programs, Dave is a talented farmer and devoted educator, particularly when it comes to instituting organic production and marketing on the farm.
If you're looking for guidance, our new mentorship program might be a great fit for you. For more information and to apply, go to our new mentorship webpage.

WorkshopsWorkshops, Field Days, and Grant Opportunities

Farm Dreams is an annual workshop series for aspiring farmers like you to discover what it would really take to start your own farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business. Each workshop is from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m and is held on a working farm. Registration costs $20 and includes a light supper and the Farm Dreams Handbook. Sign up now!

Promoting On-Farm Pollinators Workshop
June 14, 5 - 8 p.m.
$20 Registration
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
This workshop will show you how you can create and enhance pollinator habitat on your farm, from the perspectives of Thelma Heidel-Baker, IPM Specialist with the Xerces Society, and Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband, owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, who have been fostering pollinators on their farm for over a decade. Pollinators are essential to farming and ecosystem health. Bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and more all play a part. With the ongoing loss of pollinator habitat, it is important for conscientious landowners and managers to protect and enhance this habitat. Bringing pollinators back to the landscape is not only beneficial to our prairie ecosystem, but can also benefit the farm's bottom line. Learn what it takes to bring these pollinators back and the tools and resources available to help accomplish this on your farm. Sign up now! 

Rotational Grazing Field Day
June 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$75 Registration
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, then Seven Sisters Farm, Bane Family Meats, and Rush Creek Farms
This field day will give participants a comprehensive view of successful rotational grazing strategies being practiced in central Illinois. Thorough tours of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Seven Sisters Farm, Bane Family Meats, and Rush Creek Farms will give participants the opportunity to see pasture rotations in action for goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, and poultry. Our local experts will share their forage and feed schedules, pest and disease control strategies, and the equipment and infrastructure they have implemented in order to be successful. Register online here!

Hay and Straw Workshop
July 10, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Most small-scale, and some medium-scale and large-scale, animal farmers need to make or purchase dried or otherwise processed forage products for animal feed or straw for bedding. This half-day workshop should quickly save you the price of admission if you're relatively new to the hay/straw business, and should be valuable even if you've been farming for a while. Dry hay, haylage, balage, silage, and greenchop will all be discussed, with most emphasis on dry hay. Farmers and technical experts will provide the training. Laboratory test result sheets will be explained so the user can make better decisions about how to select hay and enter it into their farming activities. Register online 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. There will be four workshops starting on J uly 28 and going through February. Each workshop costs $25 to register, or $100 to register for all four. Learn more about the workshops and register here. 


Value Added Producer Grant
Deadline June 24
Whether helping farmers  turn organic grains into shelf-ready items  or providing capital for the creation of  farm-identity preserved regional supply chains , the  Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program  has served as a valuable resource for farmers looking to grow their businesses through value-added products. Learn more here and check out this great Guide for Applying.

Farmers Market Sampling Certification and Rules Webinar!
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
There are ongoing changes taking place in the laws and regulations that impact farmers' markets and their vendors. F
armers' market vendors & market managers are encouraged to watch
this webinar to learn about how to get the new statewide food sampling certificate. Sampling can dramatically increase sales by more than 30% and can enhance your relationship with patrons! The webinar is presented by 
Rebecca Osland, Illinois Stewardship Alliance Policy Associate, and more information on the sampling certificate can be found here.

June 25 1-4 p.m. 
This is a self guided tour...chose your path! This is a great way to get away and sight see some great farms!  Find the farms participating here!

Spence Farm Tour
July 1, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Fairbury, IL
Attendees will learn about the cutting edge farming practices that make the Spence farm sustainable. Register to attend this tour of a well known working historic farm, and learn the latest farming insights from two knowledgeable farming specialists, John Kempf and Gary Reding of Advancing Eco Agriculture. Spence Farm has a large diversity of crops and uses a thorough approach to crop fertility and best practices for quality and nutritious harvests.  Register here!
Feast on the Farm - A farmer, a baker, a brewer, and a chef
August 6
Hazzard Free Farms
Feast on the Farm at Hazzard Free Farms takes guests on a tour of the sprawling farms old barns along a beautiful creek before settling in for a three-course meal curated by Found's Nicole Pederson and Hewn's Ellen King, paired with craft brews specially forged just for the event by Claudia Jendron (Temperance Beer Company). T
his is going to be an amazing event and will feature not only some amazing food and drink but also a tour of our rare grains nursery which should be in full bloom at the time of the event.
  Get tickets here!

Farmers Market Fresh Cooking Classes
June - August
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Classes will be held the second weekend of the month in June, July and August and will feature fresh, seasonal produce from Springfield's Old Capitol Farmers Market. Limit of 10 students per class, so please register early. 
For kids cooking classes, parents may drop off or stay in Copper Pot's waiting room while kids enjoy their cooking class.
1 hour cooking classes, kids age 3-5 - $12 (includes all supplies and snack)
1.5 hour cooking class, kids age 6-12 - $20 (includes all supplies and light meal)
2 hour cooking class, Adults, $30 (includes light meal and/or take home food)

Local Flavors Dinner
June - October
Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during the Local Flavors 2016 farm-to-table restaurant series. Local Flavors and 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!

Last Tuesday, for the first time in the history of its existence, I missed the Champaign Farmers' Market. I missed helping with the market heroes children's activities, handing out recipe cards, and putting on temporary tattoos. I missed seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones, and I missed handing out samples of the fruits, vegetables, and other amazing products that can be purchased there. And worst of all, I missed getting all of those good things! (I hear there was romanesco and purple cauliflower -- agh!)
Why did I miss all of that good stuff, you ask?...

agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
A new study suggests that planting cover crops may help to combat herbicide resistant weeds. Read more here. 
Something you should do
WATCH: A new short film follows veteran-farmer Mike Lewis, and advocates for farming industral hemp. Learn more here!

Something to be happy about
A Midwestern baker is making bread from a wheat that hasn't been grown in 100 years. Read more about it and her 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:

We are looking for a highly organized, self-motivated individual who has experience in farmer training and community outreach and education to be our new Farmer Training Program Manager! The ideal candidate has a teaching background, is connected and engaged within the Central Illinois community, and is passionate about training the next generation of farmers to work the land sustainably.  Check out our employment opportunities page for more information and how to apply!

Help wanted for the Urbana Market at the Square during 2016 season. Looking for a trustworthy and motivated individual who will work at our market stand. Must have good customer service skills, be able to handle money, and must be comfortable using tablets to track sales.  Hours are Saturday mornings, 7 am-12:30pm, May through October.  Pays $15/hour. 
Contact Stan Schutte at Triple S Farms at 217-343-4740 or send resume to

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 it 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 midsts 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.

Mint Creek Farm is a 230 acre, Certified Organic, grass-fed livestock farm located about 80 miles south of Chicago. We have a wide diversity of livestock including sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and seasonal turkeys.

We are seeking interns/crew members to start immediately.  This is a paid, full-time position with room and board available. Come learn and gain an understanding of how to raise livestock and poultry organically on pasture. If you're thinking of starting your own farm, there is no substitute for hands-on experience like what you will receive here. If you're wondering whether farming is right for you or just want to see what life on an organic livestock farm is like, we would love to have you.

No experience is necessary, but experience in physical labor or mechanical work and animal care is helpful and a great attitude is a must.  Please send your resume or work history to

Land, Equipment, and Other:

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 at Contact Brian Severson at  815-584-1850 or email

On June 11, 2016 Live Springs Farm will have an auction for all farm equipment and pastured live stock equipment.  Live Spring Farm is also selling its Golden Nugget-laying hens, Berkshire and Large Black feeder pigs and sows, as well as a Southpoll cattle herd and a St. Croix-Florida hair sheep flock.   Learn more  here  and here.

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.
Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, and supporters that make the daily operations and programs of The Land Connection possible. We couldn't do it without you!


 And thanks to all of our 2016 Market Sponsors!

 Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church