August 23,  2016
In this Weekly Harvest:     
toppp   Woody Perennial Polyculture Workshop
We are partnering with the Savanna Institute to host a workshop on planning and implementing a tree fruit and nut farm. Experts Keefe Keeley and Kevin Wolz will deliver two, half-day talks on  September 10

The morning session, held at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, will guide participants through the process of whole farm planning. The afternoon session will be spent at Vulcan Farm, a woody perennial polyculture research planting near Sidney, IL. This workshop will focus on proper establishment and maintenance of woody crops.

Cost is $25 for a half-day, $40 for the full-day. Lunch is provided for $10.  Learn more here .
Market Corner
Come out and celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at the Champaign Farmers' Market. Bring your favorite canine to the market for a stroll while you shop for great local food, and stop by the Market Haul Photo Booth to get a picture taken and enter to win the title of Market Mutt 2016!

Students, don't forget to stop by The Land Connection with your U of I or Parkland student ID, and receive a special welcome gift as you explore the market!

Stop by the Sampling Tent for a taste of the market; this week we'll be featuring Italian salad tomatoes from Stone Court Farm, Cary's Garden of Eatin' figs, and more!

This week you can learn about the Phoenix Botanical medical cannabis dispensary in the Community Tent. We're also very excited to welcome back the Twin City Derby Girls as our Market Muscle. Stop by and get tickets to their upcoming bout!
This week you'll find:
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers 
  • Apples
  • Sweet corn
  • Pears
  • Shallots
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers 
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant 
  • Cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Summer squash
  • Salad dressings
  • Figs
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • New potatoes 
  • Pattypan squash
  • Scallions
  • Fresh herbs  
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Onions
  • Popsicles
  • Cider doughnuts
  • Bread
  • Scones
  • Pastries
  • Apple cider
  • Maple syrup
  • Jams
  • Apple butter
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

When I go out on hot summer days, I often trade my bottle of water for a cool cucumber...or two, or three. The clean flavor and crunch make cucumbers much more satisfying and thirst quenching, not to mention more nutritious, than plain old water-or even newfangled vitamin water.  

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

PrairiErth Field Day
September 6, 2016
Dave Bishop and PrairiErth Farm are hosting a fantastic field day featuring many diverse speakers discussing "Our Food Future". Come out and connect with others who are working toward a strong and resilient future for our food system.   Learn more about the field day and RSVP 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.

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.


Farmers Market Fresh Cooking Classes
September 1: Pickles beyond the cucumber
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. 

Turn Here Sweet Corn The Play
Sept 1 -4, 2016
Oak Park, IL
This is the play adaptation by Jim Stowell of the life and memoirs of Atina Diffley. Atina is an organic farmer-educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, A memoir based on Atina's life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign against the notorious polluters, Koch Industries, to create an Organic Mitigation Plan for organic farms in Minnesota.  Learn more 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.

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
BloogWhy Burning Oak Farm Teamed Up with the Artisan Cup & Fork

There's a new event on the block - the Artisan Cup & Fork - downstate Illinois' premiere food competition. The tagline, "Life is too short to drink bad booze and eat bad food" is the perfect way to describe this unique culinary experience. The event highlights 8 farm to table chefs, 16 family-owned farmers, and only one team will come out on top as the winner.    Read the rest of Cassie's blog here!

agnews Agriculture in the News:
Something you should know
To open first Chicago restaurant, Sweetgreen had to first find the farms.   Learn more here.
Something to be happy about
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently  announced  a new investment of $17.8 million for 37 projects to help educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.    Learn more here.

Something you should do
Prepare your garden for Fall.   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:

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.
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 And thanks to all of our 2016 Market Sponsors!

 Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church