"Buy Illinois!" That's the message the state's Department of Agriculture has for consumers.
The state is promoting the idea by encouraging grocery stores and farmers' markets to take part in its new "Where Fresh Is" campaign.
Jennifer Tirey of the Agriculture Department said Illinois shoppers are more inclined to buy food if they know it's grown on Illinois farms.
"It's always great to be a fan, a consumer, a purchaser of those locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables," said Tirey.
The Macomb Community Garden is looking forward to growing this year -- growing crops and growing membership.
An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at Macomb City Hall.
Chairman John Miller said the garden provides an opportunity for those who want to garden but cannot do so at home because of poor soil, too much shade, or some other issue.