September 6,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     
toppp   September Chef Demonstrations at the Market
September is here, and while it's actually one of the most abundant times when it comes to Central Illinois produce, farmers' market shoppers often disappear, thinking market season is just a summer thing. In fact, fall is a critical time for our local farmers, and a delicious time for you to support them!

This month, in order to boost autumn sales and help our community learn more about local food in the fall, we're partnering with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and area farmers' markets on the Central Illinois Eat Local Challenge

Go online and take the pledge to spend at least $20 each week on local food. You'll receive a tote bag with info on local events, and guides to the local food, games, and prizes.

At the Champaign Farmers' Market, we'll be celebrating the Eat Local Challenge with a series of chef demonstrations all month long, led by Chef Alisa DeMarco and featuring a prominent Champaign-Urbana chef each week. This Tuesday, we're highlighting peppers with Destihl. Stop by the market to see two recipes in action, at 4:15 and at 5:15 and get a taste of what you can do with your market haul while you shop!

Market Corner
Come out and celebrate at the Champaign Farmers' Market Pride Market. We'll be celebrating love in all its forms with the Jefferson Middle School Gay Straight Alliance, who will be making rainbow bracelets and offering facepainting for the kids.

We're also excited for the return of our annual Ugly Produce Beauty Pageant. Our farmers will be bringing in fun and funky looking fruits and veggies from the fields, and you can vote on your favorite. 

We'll also be joined by the C-U Astronomical Society, who will be bringing telescopes out for you to admire the sky, and we'll have a prism activity courtesy of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum.

Stop by the Sampling Tent for a taste of the market; this week marks the first of our Secrets of a Seasonal Cook chef demonstrations, highlighting peppers. Chef Alisa DeMarco will kick things off at 4:15, and Chef Jacob Sartin from Destihl will follow with a second recipe at 5:15. 

Okaw Valley Orchard will be featuring the season's first cider pressing, and they'll have the tail end of their peaches this week, so come early! They'll also have several varieties of apples, applesauce and apple butter, and new baked goods in addition to their regular cider donut lineup: peaches & cream cake and apple streusel cake.

We're also happy to welcome back Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. Check out their delicious lineup of goat cheeses, and pick up some creamy goat's milk gelato to cool off on a hot day!
This week you'll find:
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers 
  • Apples
  • New potatoes 
  • Sweet corn
  • Fresh herbs
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers 
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant 
  • Summer squash
  • Pattypan squash
  • Salad dressings
  • Goat cheese
  • Goat milk gelato
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • Pattypan squash
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Organic fed pork & poultry
  • Popsicles
  • Cider doughnuts
  • Bread
  • Baked goods
  • Apple cider
  • Maple syrup
  • Jams
  • Apple butter
  • Applesauce
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

Chard will always be there for you. Like a reliable friend, it is one of the greatest, and often least appreciated, of all the gifts from your local farmer.
Chard's long, thick stalks have wide, glossy green leaves that may be smooth or curly, depending on the variety. The stalk comes in many colors, from white to green to brilliant red, yellow, and pink. 

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. 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.

Savannah Institute Workshop
Getting Started with Tree Crops: Planning and Management Best Practices
September 10
Morning Workshop: Whole farm planning for perennial crops: profit, people and planet
Afternoon Workshop: Establishment and management of your perennial crops: preparing, planting and presiding.
Each 1/2 day workshop costs $25 to register, or $45 to register for the full day.   Learn more about the workshops and register here.
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.


Crop Cycle
September 10 from 8am-3pm
Champaign, IL
The Illinois Organic Growers Association is hosting our 2nd annual bike-to-farm tour event this fall in Champaign County. Take a ~40-mile ride through the county to visit five local farms, experience our beautiful countryside, enjoy fresh food and meet the farmers who produce some of the organic and sustainable food served and sold right here in Champaign County! Our route is flexible, so you can adjust your pace and distance to match your cycling preference. The tour costs $55, which includes a farm-fresh luncheon, snacks and water breaks, and a t-shirt. Register by September 8 here.

Factory Farm Summit
September 10-11, 2016
Green Bay, WI
This day and half long conference will bring together leading experts on factory farming issues to work directly with those citizens most impacted. The event will be an opportunity to network, workshop and learn new ways to stop the expansion of factory farms and hold bad-actor factory farms accountable for their pollution.  Learn more about the summit and register here.

Environmental Town Hall
September 12, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Evanston Ecology Center, 204 McCormick Blvd, Evanston, IL
Join Senator Daniel Bliss, Representative Robyn Gabel, and Representative Laura Fine for an environmental town hall.   Learn more 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 Farming Foibles - How to Grow Cat Food
This is the first in what will be an on-going series describing the (mis)adventures my husband and I have on our 5-acre mini-farm. Most people agree that it's pretty easy to grow your own vegetables (even year round) and other grains, but some might think that growing fresh, local, sustainable, and organic cat food is impossible.  Nonsense, I say! You can grow your own cat food. We've done it with great success.   Read the rest of Birgit's blog here!
agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
Farm Commons recently released new, detailed materials about the legal logistics for farms that offer in-kind wages (such as food, lodging, or other non-cash resources as part of payment).    Learn more here.
Something to be happy about
The new U of I hires -- Dean of ACES and Chancellor.   Learn more here. 

Something you should do
Learn about the flooding in Louisiana, and help if you can.    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. 

MINT CREEK FARM (2 positions)
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.  

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. 

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 or click here for more information!

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.
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