September 20,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) recognizes the need to support beginning and non-commodity crop farmers. They have partnered with The Land Connection to create a guidebook of FSA programs aimed at beginning and non-commodity crop farmers. Mallory Krieger, the farmer training program manager at The Land Connection, is working directly with FSA employees to craft this guidebook for use in the Central Illinois Farm Beginnings program.

On  February 11, current and past CIFB students, as well as other targeted farmers, will be invited to a special workshop within our Farm Beginnings course that will explore and explain these programs. FSA staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide guidance to farmers who want to learn more. Registration information will be announced later in the year.

Central Illinois Farm Beginnings registration is still underway. Click  here to learn more.
Market Corner
It's Parkland Day at the Champaign Farmers' Market Students, faculty, and staff: show us your Parkland ID at the Land Connection tent, and receive one of our fabulous mugs as a welcome gift. Plus, you can enter a drawing for a gift bag that includes fabulous downtown gift cards!

The Parkland Science Club will be in the Community Tent with all kinds of fun experiments. The Parkland Sustainability Club will also be joining us, and you can learn about the great work they do on campus. We'll also be featuring music by our friends at  88.7 WPCD FM !

The Champaign Farmers' Market flower arranging demo is also back for a second year! Join Old Town Flowers and Illinois Willows for some great tips on putting together beautiful bouquets at 4:30 (and enter our drawing to win the bouquets!)

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 Drew Starkey from Bacaro. He and Chef Alisa will be showing off two different butternut squash recipes.

This week you'll find:
  • Butternut squash
  • Apples
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes 
  • Lettuce
  • Dandelion greens
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Summer squash
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Raspberries
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Fresh herbs
  • Apple cider
  • Apple butter
  • Organic oatmeal
  • Organic flours
  • Pancake mix
  • Popsicles
  • Cider doughnuts
  • Bread
  • Baked goods
  • Apple cider
  • Maple syrup
  • Jams
  • Honey
  • Organic corn meal
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

If you like the circus act where a crowd of clowns emerges from a tiny car, then you'll love spaghetti squash.It's just plain fun to cook a vegetable the shape of a watermelon, open it up, and pull out yards of crisp-tender, golden strands. It only adds to the fun when you learn that something this pasta-like can be low in calories (45 per cup), free of gluten, and rich in folic acid, fiber, potassium, and carotenes.

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

Curious about the Champaign Farmers Market? Have burning questions you'd like to ask us? We'll be hosting a Facebook Chat about the Champaign Farmers Market in partnership with this Sunday ( September 26) at 8:30pm . Ask us anything and learn more about what this mid-week market has to offer this Fall! 

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.


Local Flavors Dinners
October 20th:Timpone's Restaurant

October 20th: Dinner at Anju Above
September 25th:  Annual Harvest Celebration - Illinois Stewardship Alliance
October 20th: Dinner at American Harvest
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 The Thing About Okra
The tomato and cucumber vines have started to wither, the eggplants seem to be frozen in time (they have stopped growing altogether) and the fall crop of greens that came up so beautifully, now looks like freshly mowed grass (thanks, bunny), but the pace suddenly seems manageable. All of the plans that I'd had in March, the ones that disappeared in in a blur of jungle-like vines and mosquitoes (the White Street swamp) drifted back into focus, and seemed possible on a sunny Saturday morning in September.  Read the rest of Cara's blog here.

agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
October is National Farm to School Month.  Learn more here.
Something you should do
Fill out the needs assessment survey if you are a grower who will be affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act.  Take the survey here.

Something to be happy about
The farm team at Green City Growers maintains Fenway Farms, helping to make America's most beloved and oldest ballpark also one of America's greenest.    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