MyPlate, MyState connects Americans with the foods and flavors grown in their states and regions. Use the information below to find out how the foods grown and raised by Illinois producers can help create a healthy eating style and support local farmers and communities!
Illinois’s Locally Grown and Produced Foods
|Apples, Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries (tame and wild), Cantaloupes and Muskmelons, Cherries (sweet and tart), Currants, Grapes, Honeydew Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Plums and Prunes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Watermelons|
|Asparagus, Beans (green lima and snap), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (Chinese and head), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chicory, Collards, Cucumbers and Pickles, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce (head, leaf, and Romaine), Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions (dry and green), Parsley, Peas (Chinese and green), Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Squash (summer and winter), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens, Turnips|
|Barley, Corn for grain (e.g., flour), Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat|
|Almonds, Bass (hybrid striped), Beans, Beef, Bison, Carp, Catfish, Chestnuts, Chicken, Duck, Eggs, Elk, Emu, Goat, Goose, Hazelnuts (Filbert), Lamb, Ostrich, Partridge, Peas, Pecans, Pheasant, Pigeon or Squab, Pork, Quail, Rabbit, Shrimp, Soybeans, Sunflower Seeds, Tilapia, Trout, Turkey, Venison, Walnuts|
|Milk, Milk from sheep and goats|
Note: Beans and Peas in the Protein Foods list are in dried form and are used as meat alternatives. Additionally, foods that do not belong to any food group are not listed.
Official State Products of Illinois
- Snack Food: Popcorn
- Fish: Bluegill
- Animal: White-tailed deer
Did You Know?
- Illinois is a major producer of corn, soybeans, and pork.
- Up to 24% of schools in Illinois are using local and regional foods to serve healthy, MyPlate-inspired meals to kids. That’s over $7.8 million invested in the local economy!
Show Us Your Plate!
- What does your Illinois plate look like? Show how you use foods from your state and region by taking a picture of your plate and sharing on social media using the hashtag #MyPlateMyState. Check out the USDA Blog post for more information on how to share your plate!
Tips and Resources
- MyPlate, MyState Graphics – State icons, blank MyPlate to fill in with your own foods, MyPlate Local Foods Menu
- Farm to School Census – State and school district information about the use of local foods in school breakfasts and lunches, and summer and preschool meals
- Toolkit for Teachers
- National Farmers Market Directory
- CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Directory