Chefs, Farmers Unite to Support Local Produce

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Despite sitting amid some of the world’s most fertile topsoil, many restaurants find it easier to purchase produce grown thousands of miles away rather than from the local farmer.

Illinoisans spend about $48 billion on food annually, but only about 5 percent is spent on products grown and processed within the state, and an effort is under way to change that by connecting local chefs and farmers.

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance hosted four chef-farmer mixers in central Illinois last month to bring local chefs and local farmers together for the purpose of creating new partnerships that will promote the use of locally-grown food.

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