Peoria Magazine: April 2021

by Mae Gilliland Wright | Photography by Jeffery Noble

From seed to sale, Clydesdales and beyond, Alan Knobloch is engaged in nearly every aspect of the industry.

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Circle of Connection

by Jonathan Wright

Sous Chef extends the farmers’ market, selling locally grown products all week long.

Bio-Intensive Growers

Down River Farm provides fresh vegetables to the Peoria area in the form of a CSA, farmers market, and wholesale accounts.

Feeding a Hungry World

Hungry World Farm inspires and educates people about healthy fields, food, and bodies while caring for the Earth.

From Sweet to Painful...

Jimmystick’s Pepper Products creates hot sauces and dried pepper blends for connoisseurs of hot and spicy foods.

From Timber Edge to Table

Carroll’s Timber Edge Farm offers chemical-free vegetables at the peak of ripeness, along with a variety of herbs and fruits.

Three Million Bees!

Abernathy’s Honey utilizes chemical-free practices to harvest the purest honey in the region.


Where Has All the Corn Gone?

by Kyle Tompkins, Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth

In the heart of the Midwest, a myriad of unique issues are associated with the trade of grain.

Corn & Soybeans by the Numbers

by Patrick Kirchhofer, Peoria County Farm Bureau

Last year’s growing season continued the upward trend in corn and soybean production.

Now More Than Ever… Focus

by Michael Davis, IWIRC Corp.

Regardless of the times, you must remain vigilant in managing workers’ compensation costs.


Mysteries Inside the Ag Lab

by Jonathan Wright

In addition to the mass production of penicillin, many other less-heralded products have origins in Peoria's Ag Lab.

Solutions for Rural Broadband

by Casey Peterson, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

As a region, we need to be prepared for assistance when it becomes available.

Addressing the Digital Divide

by David Zimmerman, Tazewell County Board

Over 14 million rural Americans currently lack access to reliable high-speed internet service.


Farmers Unite for Local Foods

by Kathleen Mueller, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

A new farmer-driven group is working to change policy to help grow the local food economy in Illinois.

Meeting the Need for Autism Services

by Paige Williams, Easterseals Central Illinois

A homegrown apprenticeship program is working to solve a critical shortage of behavior analysis professionals.

Short Story Vending

The Short Story Cube helps teach elusive and intangible skills by delivering short fiction on eco-friendly paper.


American Verses

by Bill Conger, Peoria Riverfront Museum

The yearlong exhibition features seminal works by contemporary Black American artists.

Back Into the Groove

by Mae Gilliland Wright

The Peoria Art Guild offers classes for all ages, and its galleries are once again open to the public.