Quick read: Getting fresh in Illinois

It's the season to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from the area, and the "Illinois: Where Fresh Is" website makes finding them a little easier.

The website — — lists the Illinois farmers' markets, roadside stands, U-pick fields/orchards and on-farm sales closest to you.

Alliance sponsors 'Local Flavors' lunches, dinners

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URBANA — The Illinois Stewardship Alliance has released its schedule of "Local Flavors" lunches and dinners that feature seasonal, locally grown and produced food.

Ten restaurants in Champaign-Urbana are taking part in the project this year, with five serving lunches and five serving dinners.

Entertainment listings, June 5-12, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

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Meg Makes: Be sure to dress up this fruit salad

I recently had a hankering to make a fruit salad, and so I solicited some recommendations from my Facebook friends.

They suggested lots of wonderful ideas, but their recipes just weren't exactly what I wanted for a Sunday lunch with my mom and sister.

So, I forged ahead with my own recipe, which turned out to be both easy and pretty tasty. I'll definitely make it again.

To Your Health: Store shelves loaded with milk alternatives

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Prosperity Gardens gets mobile market

CHAMPAIGN — A bounty of fresh vegetables could be coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Just look for the bright green bus.

Prosperity Gardens — a nonprofit community gardening operation on Champaign's North First Street that educates and employs school kids — has acquired a used school bus and is turning it into a produce market to take on the road later this summer.

Entertainment listings, May 29-June 5, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Meg Makes: Keeping cool key to tasty potato salad

I recently stopped Paxton resident Julie Elliott after a mother-daughter banquet at my home church and begged her for her pasta salad recipe.

Senate changes its mind, OKs modified 'cupcake bill'

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing a vote it had taken about three hours earlier, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday evening passed the so-called "cupcake bill," a measure that prohibits state and local public health officials from regulating home-based baking operations provided their sales are less than $1,000 a month and the product is labeled as homemade.

Urbana food cooperative adopts product rating system

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URBANA — Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana has introduced the HowGood rating system in its store so shoppers can see how food products — and the companies that market them — rate in terms of sustainability, social impact and environmental friendliness.

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