Illinois residents can now learn what fruits and vegetables were
grown in the state when they go grocery shopping as part of Gov. Pat
Quinn's new "Where Fresh Is" campaign launched Saturday.
200 grocery stores and 100 farmers markets in Illinois will put up state-provided produce stickers and other promotional materials highlighting fresh
vegetables and fruits grown in the state. The Illinois Department of
Agriculture sponsors the program.
"More than 90 percent of
the food consumed in Illinois is imported," Quinn said. "Changing these
habits and buying more food produced right here in our state will help
support the 75,000 farms and 75,000 food processing jobs in Illinois,
while also ensuring fresher, more nutritious foods are being sold."
"Where Fresh Is" puts a focus on in-season, specialty crops each month.
Click through for participating grocery stores and farmers markets as well as what fresh foods are currently in season.