Greg and Mariah Anderson of Triple M Farm: Mariah’s Mums & More near Clinton, Illinois have been named recipients of the 2019 Farmer of the Year Award by Illinois’ Routes to Farm farmer alliance. The Andersons’ commitment to producing Good Food earned them the honor, presented at Family Farmed‘s annual Good Food EXPO & Policy Conference at Chicago’s UIC Forum, March 22-23, 2019. The Andersons grow 15,000 fall mums and nine acres of fresh produce for both wholesale and direct to consumer markets.
The Good Food EXPO is the Midwest's premier annual celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement. It brings together regional and national leaders in local, sustainable food - from farmers to chefs, entrepreneurs to policymakers - to discuss the movement that's transforming the way we eat.
Applicants for the award are nominated by farmer-focused organizations, in four states, that make up the Routes to Farm alliance. These organizations help farmers serving the Chicago foodshed find resources and training to grow their businesses and in turn, growing our communities’ food. The Andersons were nominated by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance based in Springfield, Illinois and one of the 14 organizations that make up the Routes to Farm alliance.