Celebrate Local Foods
Farms large and small surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus, and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.
Seven farmers markets across five days—from Urbana’s Market at the Square, the largest area market with over 70 regular vendors to the Sustainable Student Farmers Market held on the University of Illinois campus—make it easy to pick up seasonal produce, meat, eggs, flowers, bread and more.
ON THE FARM & CSAS
Several area farms have on-site sales of products, including U-Pick, or have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares available. Head to the Farm Stand at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery to pick up their award-winning goat cheese alongside a variety of local ingredients from area farmers.
On-site and U-Pick
DINE ON THE FARM
A different kind of al fresco dining, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery invites you to be a part of a community dinner under their pavilion, where guest chefs prepare multiple course dinners utilizing their goat cheese and other local ingredients for a truly unique experience. Willow Creek Farm hosts guests on their elegant property where you’re served five courses utilizing their livestock and produce, paired perfectly with a selection of wines, for an unforgettable experience.
Eat like a local
With the richest soil around, sourcing local ingredients is top of mind for area chefs looking to stand out. Check out some local eateries that have made eating local a priority.
Ready to experience our local foods?
Check out our Experience Guide to learn all there is to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, then plan your visit!