November 27, 2021

Calendar: What to expect at farmers markets

Learn why it’s better for you and your local economy to shop at the farmers market. Mary Liz Wright, Extension nutrition and wellness educator, will discuss the ins and outs of shopping at the market, when to go, what to buy, what to bring. Plus, you’ll get to know the farmers who grow your food.

The online program will be presented at noon June 16. Register at

How to control vegetable garden Insects

Learn nine of the most common and destructive insect pests in your vegetable garden and how to control them at an online program at 1:30 p.m. June 15.

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup will share tips on identification, scouting, prevention, and organic methods of eradication. Whether you are new to gardening or a master, you will walk away with tips to make the gardening season a greater success.

Register at

Backyard beekeeping and pollinators

RIDGE FARM, Ill. — Vermilion County Master Gardener Walter Deck will explain backyard beekeeping and pollinators at 6 p.m. June 15 at Walt’s Acres, 800 N. Orchard St., Ridge Farm.

Deck is well known in the area for his innovative gardening methods, elaborate raised beds, and his pollinator garden. He is also known for the high-quality honey produced by his beehives. The experienced beekeeper will discuss hive construction, show samples, and talk about the best plants for bees and pollinators.

Participants are welcome to view his garden, beehives, small orchard, perennial flower beds, and greenhouse. Please bring a chair and face mask for the presentation; hand sanitizer and insect repellant will be available.

Register for this free program by calling 217-442-8615 or visit

Home hydroponics

Learn about creating your own hydroponic system for growing vegetables or other plants at an online program at 2 p.m. June 16. Andrew Holsinger, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, will discuss he basics of starting your own soilless growing system.

Register by June 14 by visiting

Superfoods to the rescue

MARSHALL, Ill. — We all know we should eat a variety of foods. Do you know which ones? Do you know why?

Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Mary Liz Wright will discuss nutrient-rich foods called “superfoods” at a free program at 1:30 p.m. June 17 at the Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave, Marshall.

Registration is not required.

Pork Dinner Drive-Through Fundraiser June 17

YORKVILLE, Ill. — The annual Friends of Extension and 4-H Foundation Pork Chop Dinner is back with the same great taste but a more convenient drive-through format. Plan to take a night off from cooking and help support University of Illinois Extension programs in Kendall County.

Pork dinners will be available for pick-up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the University of Illinois Extension office, 7775B IL Route 47, Yorkville. Each meal includes pork option, applesauce, coleslaw, baked beans, dinner roll and cookie. Options include: a two-chop dinner for $12, one chop for $10, two porkburgers for $10, or one porkburger for $7.

Tickets were available through 4-H members and the Kendall County Extension office until June 1; a limited number will be available at the door for an extra dollar charge per ticket.

All proceeds will help support the community programs provided by Illinois Extension in Kendall County, including 4-H Youth Development, master gardeners, master naturalists, and nutrition and wellness.

The Kendall-Grundy Pork Producers prepare the meal and grill the fresh pork chops and porkburgers. COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken.

To learn more or get your tickets, call the Extension office at 630-553-5823 or visit the office at 7775B IL Route 47 in Yorkville, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed 12 to 1 p.m. each day).