Submitted by Jacquelyn Evers on Fri, 05/25/2018 – 12:01pm Listening to my latest podcast (I am not ashamed to admit it was Missing Richard Simmons), it’s impossible to make it through 15 minutes without an advertisement for Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. And let’s not mention the endless social media posts of friends offering free […]
COVID and Our Connection to Food
by Elliot Brinkman, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network I remember the feeling well–it sat in the pit of my stomach, somewhere between dread and panic. I’m sure many of you felt it, too, when, in early spring, you arrived at the grocery store to find aisles packed with people, and once fully-stocked shelves decimated. […]
CSA FAQs and CSA Fair Information
With the CSA Fair coming up this Saturday, we wanted to make sure that you had all of the information you might need regarding CSAs. The CSA Fair takes place during the Urbana Business Association’s Market IN the Square on Saturday, March 7. The CSA Fair allows community members to learn about the various Community […]
Find Your Right Fit: E-commerce Platform Comparison
This e-commerce webinar series investigates three e-commerce platforms (Food 4 All, Local Food Marketplace, and Open Food Network), exploring their functionality and user experience across various sales channels. We hear from platform representatives and producers that have successfully implemented e-commerce strategies to expand their sales. We are grateful to Illinois Farm Bureau for their generous […]
Invest in your Farmer – Secure a CSA Share!
Submitted by Cassie Carroll on Thu, 02/23/2017 – 4:55pm All of this unseasonable, 70 degree weather has me thinking of spring and farmers’ market season. While going outside and planting seeds in all my garden beds already might not be the smartest thing to do, I am surely dreaming of the delicious seasonal produce coming […]
SHARE the love! Keep your CSA members coming back for more.
Historically CSAs (community supported agriculture) lose nearly 50% of their customers every year. For farmers, that means that every year they need to find new members to buy half of the shares that provide them income regardless of what the season may bring. While the hustle to gain new members has been a bigger challenge […]