July 12,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     

The Champaign Farmers' Market is coming to you  à la française again this year with Bastille Day: Part Deux . We're back with more French fun, especially in the Sampling Tent, where Cassie will be featuring two delicious French breads from Pekara Bakehouse and a summer  Mediterranean  favorite: Ratatouille! Check out the Market Corner below for more details on the festivities.

As we move into peak farmers' market season, we're working hard to help the Market grow and build on the year's successes. So far this season we've given out on average $90/week in SNAP matching funds, and at this rate we should more than double the amount we were able to provide last year. Cassie's Sampling Tent has also been an enormous success, boosting sales of unfamiliar produce and getting kids to try (and love!) all kinds of fruits and veggies.

null We have a number of exciting plans in the works but to make these plans a reality, we need your support. This week we're launching our mid-season sponsorship drive so we can purchase supplies to enhance the market, and increase our downtown signage and advertising to let everyone know about the great local food we have available. Visit our website for more information on our new sponsorship benefits , including the opportunity to sponsor the Sampling Tent and help us bring chef demos to the Market .  
And if you're looking to support the market on a personal level, consider becoming a Friend of the Market by making a $35 donation or volunteering with us. 
Market Corner
We've got a delicious array of local produce, meat, fish, cheese, grains, treats, and flowers lined up for you this afternoon. It's a big week, with both Sitka Salmon Shares and Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery joining us. They're not here every week, so be sure to stock up!

Bring your vélo along for a Neutral Cycle check-up!

RSVP to our Facebook event page to get vendor updates and share your market experience.

Be sure to stop by the Sampling Tent for a taste of the market as you shop! Today we're featuring two kinds of French bread and ratatouille to try before you buy.

We'll also be adding a touch of the Moulin Rouge and Cirque du Soleil with performances and giveaways by Defy Gravity Aerial Arts Studio. Stop by and learn more about their wide range of offerings designed to help everyone build  strength, confidence, and a positive body image. 

You can also see reproductions of the Bayeux Tapestry by renowned Illinois quilter, Cathy Grafton and learn more about the Art Theater Co-op's upcoming films! The Orpheum Children's Science Museum and St. John Lutheran School will have plenty of fun for the kids while you shop, including facepainting, a flower dying activity, and Mini-Monsieur Aubergines!

Here's the quick rundown:
  • Zucchini
  • Plums
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Sweet corn
  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Havasu peppers
  • Jalapenos 
  • Okra
  • Summer squash
  • Currants
  • Goat cheese
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Head lettuce
  • Romaine heads
  • Swiss chard
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Cabbage
  • Turnips
  • Wild Alaskan salmon
  • Organic pork & poultry
  • New potatoes 
  • Pattypan squash
  • Scallions
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Fresh herbs  
  • Currants
  • Dried herbs
  • Fresh herbs
  • Mixed bouquets
  • Sunflowers
  • Popsicles
  • Bread
  • Scones
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Goat's milk gelato
  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Cornmeal
  • Buckwheat
  • Wheatberries
  • Granola
  • Popcorn
  • Pancake mix
As always, the Champaign Farmers' Market accepts Link, and we'll double your benefits up to $20 each week .

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

Zucchini Roll-Ups
Let's all take a minute to thank the Italians. They, as I understand, are the ones who brought zucchini to the United States. And without zucchini, how would we know that we had arrived at midsummer's abundance? If your neighbors didn't leave bags of the green squash on your porch, and you weren't trying to figure out which recipes would disappear the most shredded zucchini--muffins, pancakes, spaghetti sauces, cookies, breads, lasagnas...well, you would miss it.

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

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.

Farm Dreams
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!

Central Illinois Farm Beginnings
Class 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!


Women Farmer In Her Boots Workshop
July 15
Sandhill Family Farms (Grayslake, IL)
Calling all women farmers and women with farm dreams! The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will be hosting for the first time in northern Illinois their award winning workshop In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women on  Friday July 15 at Sandhill Family Farms in Grayslake, IL. Hosted by farmers Peg Sheaffer and Jen Miller and a team of women farming specialists, the day will offer detailed farm tours, resources and networking opportunities specifically designed for women with a passion for transforming our food system. Beginning women farmers especially encouraged to attend.  
Workshops run  10-3 pm and include lunch. Registration required ($50) and space is limited. Volunteer scholarships available. 
More info and registration are available here.  
Field Day at Vulcan Farm
July 24, 1:00 pm
1123 CR 2300 E, Sidney IL
See hundreds of varieties of over 50 perennial crops, plus establishment technique trials for seedling-stage silvopasture with sheep. Free and open to public. For more information, call  (708) 476-9929.

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 event 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. 

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 Dinners
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!

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. Farmers' 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.
For those of you who have been asking for the 2016 calendar recipes--I'm finally getting them posted!

Recipe for polenta with radishes:

1 cup polenta (fine to medium ground cornmeal)
5 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch radishes
1 tablespoon butter
salt to taste
1-2 tablespoons honey...

agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
Organic honey is getting increasingly more difficult for consumers to find and farmers to produce.  Read about why here.
Something you should do
Farmers - keep an eye out for a survey from the National Agriculture Statistics Service. Find out what it's about here.

Something to be happy about
You can grow your own microgreens right at home.  Learn how 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:

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 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. 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. 
Knowledge of farm equipment, mechanical work and/or 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 or click here for more information!

Searching for an intern/farm hand to help with jobs around the farm.  Pay will depend upon experience.  Will include a variety of jobs, everything from animal care, farm maintenance, garden work/produce care, etc.  Must have valid Driver's license.  Hours will vary seasonally. 
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 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.

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 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.
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