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May 1 is deadline for farmers market listings on state dept of agriculture website

Cassandra West

farmers marketTo have your farmers market be included and updated on the Illinois Department of Agriculture's website, contact Delayne Reeves by May 1st. See details below. This information is important for government agencies (local, federal, state) to have an accurate count of farmers markets and where they are located. Decisions about funding, etc., will be made on this information. This is like a "Farmers Market Census" -- everyone needs to be counted!

Information submitted will be shared with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other groups soon after the May 1st deadline. Also, details on the IDOA website will be hidden from public viewing after that deadline unless the information has been updated during 2010.

If you are a new market or need your username and password e-mailed to you, contact

Chicago residents can view a list of local farmers markets and the 2010 rules and regulations governing growers and food producers by clicking here. Chicago's Farmers Markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to over 20 neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago. Markets are held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday around the city.

Delayne Reeves Marketing Representative Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Marketing and Promotions Mailing Address: State Fairgrounds, P. O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281

Shipping Address: 801 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62702 217-524-9129 217-524-5960 fax