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Illinois Harvest Dinner Shows Consumers Significance Of Agriculture

A group of local farmers are opening their doors to consumers to give them a closer look at Illinois agriculture and what it means to be a farmer. (WRSP)

A group of local farmers are opening their doors to consumers to give them a closer look at Illinois agriculture and what it means to be a farmer. Many see the average consumer having questions on where their food comes from. This event aims to open those lines of communication.

The Illinois Harvest Dinner is set to host about one hundred local consumers from healthcare professionals to those working in food service and even lawmakers.

The idea is to talk about the farm to table movement, establish relationships with local consumers and talk about the state’s number one industry, agriculture.

"The average consumer is three to four generations removed from the farm. What the Illinois Harvest Center is trying to do is rebuild some of those connections with individuals that have influence upon the food buying decisions that I’m making in the grocery store… that you're making in the grocery store," said Thomas Titus, an organizer of the Illinois Harvest Dinner.

The menu will feature all Illinois grown products like pumpkin, corn, pork and horseradish. In addition to the dinner, consumers will explore and tour a hog farm. A couple of confirmed guests include Representatives Avery Bourne and Tim Butler.

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