The 21st Show

COVID-19’s Effect On Local Farming And Farmers Markets

 
Wes Jarrell and his wife, Leslie Cooperband, run Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Champaign, Ill.

Wes Jarrell and his wife, Leslie Cooperband, run Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Champaign, Ill. Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

The stay at home order throughout Illinois has taken quite a toll on the economy along with personal finances, including that of local farmers.

There are thousands of local food producers in the state of Illinois. Farmers who sell at your local farmers market, roadside produce stands and farmers who provide fruits and vegetables for local restaurants, rely on community engagement to get their product on the market.

Moving forward, local producers are unsure as to how they will operate.

Guests: 

Dana Cronin, Agriculture Reporter from WILL's Illinois Newsroom and Harvest Public Media.

Leslie Cooperband, farmer from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Champaign.

Liz Moran Stelk, the Executive Director at Illinois Stewardship Alliance.