Shop local: County Farm Bureaus offering foods, gifts for holidays

Glass decorations of many types can be seen in the picture windows at the Calico Cat gift store in the Seminary Street historic commercial district, in Galesburg, Illinois. (Photo by J. Kyle Keener)

County Farm Bureaus around Illinois support local farms and businesses, especially around the holidays. FarmWeek assembled a representative sample of the creative ways county Farm Bureaus support local foods and products. For details, contact the following county Farm Bureaus or check with your county Farm Bureau for any promotions.

Dupage County Farm Bureau sells Ho-Ka Farms fresh turkeys at a discount and has for the past five years. The county Farm Bureau offers a monthly meat program through a local butcher, Inbodens Meat Market, with locally sourced products offered at a discount. For Christmas and Easter, the county Farm Bureau will be offering hams.

Edgar County Farm Bureau promotes specialty breads baked by Edgar County Farm Bureau Director Phil Wright. The county Farm Bureau also promotes L&A Farms’ vegetables, popcorn, and on-farm sunflower maze and Higginbotham Honey, which is well-known in Paris, the county seat.

Kane County Farm Bureau offers ordering and pickup of Ho-Ka Farms fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving. The order deadline is Nov. 19. Through December, the county Farm Bureau is promoting nine local Christmas tree farms. After Thanksgiving, cut trees will be sold on the county Farm Bureau lawn with members receiving a discount. The county Farm Bureau sells a variety of local foods and products at its Country Store, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. County Farm Bureau Manager Steve Arnold said the store is always looking for nonperishable local farm products and encouraged interested entrepreneurs to contact the Farm Bureau.

Peoria County Farm Bureau sells local organic, raw honey produced by Ron Abernathy and soybean candles made by the Candle Hutch and Knox County Farm Bureau member Brenda Hutchings.

Shelby County Farm Bureau promotes The Green Works, a Christmas tree farm in Cowden. Eric and Nicole Tucker recently renovated a barn for their storefront and sell wreaths and other evergreen items.

Vermilion County Farm Bureau promotes sales of local honey from Lingley Brothers Sweetcorn, based in Vermilion County, and boneless hams from Leiding’s Meats, Danville. The foods can be used in holiday meals or for gifts.