local farms

New Legislation Removes Barriers At Farmers Markets

Oct 2, 2017
The Land Connection


As the number of farmers markets grow across the state, inconsistencies in regulation for the farmers who travel from county to county has become apparent, but new legislation intends to remove some of the barriers. 

The goal is to make it easier for farmers to sell locally grown and homemade food products. One of the new laws known as The Local Food Business Opportunities Act, creates statewide rules.

Edsel L / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Saturday farmer’s market in downtown Peoria is celebrating National Farmers Market Week. There will be special attractions including live music and giveaways to highlight the economic and public health benefits of the increasingly popular form of commerce.


Food hubs helping struggling farms

Jul 18, 2013
Sean Powers / Harvest Public Media

“Food hubs” are popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, and others to buy local food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are more than 220 of them in 40 states plus the District of Columbia.