Harvest Celebration Re-Imagined

A few weeks ago, the forecast looked as though holding our biggest and most beloved farm to table fundraiser of the year in person was a viable option.

Today things look different. As Covid cases surge and with the ongoing emergence of more virulent strains, holding a large indoor event is no longer a viable option.

Instead we are reimagining the Harvest Celebration to make it accessible to all of our supporters across Illinois.

Please join us virtually October 3rd through the 13th for an online Harvest Auction!

Now you can support the Alliance from anywhere in the world by bidding on great auction items and experiences you’ll love.

You can bid on farm tours, food and wine experiences, gift baskets and more.

Imagine two relaxing nights at a rustic cabin along the Rock River with five friends. If you have the winning bid, farmer and beekeeper Tim Benedict will provide you and your guests with a tour of his apiary and farm at Orion Organics and of the surrounding Nachusa Grasslands bison preserve.

Members and supporters across the state have contributed the fruits of their labors to create an auction filled with one-of-the kind products and experiences that represent the best of Illinois food, farms, and travel.

And every bid helps build collective power to bring farmers and eaters together, shift policy, and create a more just and regenerative food and farm system.

The first step is to register with Handbid today to start perusing auction items. More are being added daily. 

The auction will open at 5pm on Sunday, October 3rd and end at 8pm on October 13th, for 10 days of food and farm fun. 

P.S. There’s still time to donate an auction item and get your farm or business in front of hundreds of folks across the state who support local food and farms. Sponsorship opportunities are also available with recognition of your generous support for the Alliance. All donations are tax deductible.

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to our host committee

Angie Mizeur • Piero Taico • Lindsay Record • Shari O’Donnell • Ben Hankins Andy Heck • Lindsay Keeney • Emily Wright • Julie Roland • Crystal Kern • Melissa Schwoerer • Nancy Weichert • Dick Lyons • Tori Londrigan • Jamie Minnaert