BFBLN Membership

** All Registrations Are ONLINE:

Memberships are still welcome.  Go to the above link to get your farm/business/farmers' market listed on the BFBLN web page. 
Deadline for inclusion in the printed 2014 Food Guide has passed.


Farmer/Rancher Membership Information


Advertising Ad Rates to be coming soon

To be eligible you must:turkey

  • Grow or raise foods or other agricultural products (ornamental plants, bedding plants or Christmas trees) in Nebraska primarily for consumption in the state.
  • OR Grow/raise foods in a bordering state with majority of sales in Nebraska will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • BFBL products must be traceable to a specific farm.
  • BFBLN materials should be used only for locally grown products. BFBLN members that also retail non-locally produced items are asked to take care that such products are properly labeled to distinguish them from local foods. (example: Missouri peaches)

Membership Fees

  • Farmer & Rancher Membership Fee $50

Products Available for Listing


 Apples, Apricots, Asian Pears, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries,  Cucumbers, Eggplant, Elderberries, Garlic, Grapes, Greens, Herbs, Kale,  Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mulberries, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Paw Paws, Peaches, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Persimmons, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Shallots, Spinach, Squash(s), Squash (w), Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips


Beef, Buffalo, Goat, Lamb,  Pork, Rabbit, Catfish, Tilapia, Trout, Chicken, Duck, Emu, Goose, Ostrich, Turkey

Cow, Goat, Sheep, Butter, Cheese, Ice Cream

Cider, Cut Flowers, Christmas Trees, Dried Beans, Dehydrated Veg/Fruit/Herbs, Eggs, Floral, Fiber Products, Grains, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Nuts, Syrups  Soap, Transplants, Trees/Shrubs

CSA (our own), Direct on Farm, Distilleries, Farmers Market, Farm Website, Grocery Store, Institutions, Meat Locker, On Farm Store, Pick Your Own, On-Line Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Roadside Stand, Schools, Wineries

Antibiotic Free, Biodynamic, Certified Natural, Certified Organic, Conventional, Confinement, Free Range, Grass Fed, Heritage, Heirloom, Hormone Free, Hydroponic, IPM, rBST Free, Sustainable, Transitional Organic


Business/Restaurant/Grocery Membership Information

REGISTER online:

Advertising Rates for BFBLN Local Food Guide (pdf)

To be eligible you must:

  • Own, operate, or represent a business in Nebraska that sells food or other products grown in Nebraska, or made


    from Nebraska-grown products. (example: pies made from Nebraska apples)
  • OR are a business that packages, distributes and /or handles local food for sale. (As long as the products are clearly branded and have their "original identity" preserved through the retail point of sale). (example: meat locker)
  • Have a commitment to purchasing and promoting local foods as a stated marketing message or value/principle of the business.

We ask that you promote your local purchases and your farmer partners in your: menu, advertisements and conversations.

Fees are based on the size of each business, as determined by gross sales:

  • Small Businesses $253 (<$1 million in gross sales)
  • Medium Businesses $506 ($1-5 million in gross sales
  • Large Businesses $1,242(>5 million in gross sales)


Farmers' Market Membership Information

REGISTER online:

BFBLN program is committed to the support of our unique foodshed and our Farmers' Market Members. BFBLN program is a membership based program of family farms, farmers' markets and locally owned businesses that support local food systm.

Advertising Rates for BFBLN Local Food Guide (pdf)

To be eligible you must:

  • Be located in the state of Nebraska with the majority of vendors from Nebraska
  • Have a no brokering or limited brokering poli-cy in effect for the market to demonstrate a commitment to local foods.

You can use BFBLN materials to only promote your markets. Vendors must join individually to use signage and point of purchase materials

Membership Fees: (based on the number of vendors at-tending each of your markets)farmers market

BFBLN program is committed to the support of our unique foodshed and our Farmers' Market Members. BFBLN program is a membership based pro-gram of family farms, farmers' markets and locally owned businesses that support local food systems.

  • 1-12 Vendors: $50
  • 13-25 Vendors: $121
  • 26+ Vendors: $181


Friend/Supporter of BFBLN Information

Locally grown and produced foods are exceptionally fresh, delicious and abundant. Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances supporterfrom other states or countries, so it often reaches you within 24 hours of harvest. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.

Advertising Rates for BFBLN Local Food Guide (pdf)


Benefits: All Sponsors

  • Recognition as a strong supporter of the local food system.
  • Sponsor certificate personalized with your business or organization's name.
  • Listing on the sponsorship page in the BFBL 2014 printed Local Food Guide
  • Opportunity for Market Connections & Featured Member Articles on website
  • 10% off all BFBLN merchandise (t-shirts, aprons, posters, etc)

Sponsorship Levels

  • Steward $5,000 and up
  • Sower $3,000—$4,999
  • Harvester $1,000—$2,999
  • Tiller $500—$999
  • Gardener $300—$499
  • Cultivator $200--$399

Friend Benefits: $25 and up

  • Recognition as a friend of the local food system.
  • Friend certificate personalized with your personal or business or organization name.
  • Promotional Item of choice (tshirt, tote bag, or apron)
  • BFBLN magnet, pen, and poster.



Discover additional ways to support BFBLN

Joining the BFBLN Food Community:
When you see the BFBLN label you know the food is grown with integrity and you are purchasing food that is creating a local food community. BFBLN food community has three goals: environmental health, economic vitality, and social/human health. BFBL program promotes farmers, rural and urban, that raise food in a healthy environment. BFBLN members work together to sell direct-to-consumer markets planned for feeding citizens in their own and neighboring communities.

BFBLN offers consumers an opportunity to develop relationships with their food supply and farmers a greater percentage of the food dollar. BFBLN's dedicated individuals, restaurants, retail business, schools and institutions who enjoy purchasing, preparing and serving healthy local foods in turn, help strengthen the local economy and society by creating jobs and increasing local dollar circulation. BFBLN is a community of food because we know local food is more than just TASTE it's about preserving small family farms, protecting the environment and encouraging rural and urban vitality by inspiring agri-entrepreneurship.

Deadline for Inclusion in the printed 2014 Food Guide: February 17, 2014


Benefits & Criteria of BFBLN Membership

For a small membership fee, members are:

  1. Listed in a beautiful, professionally designed directory with listings of producers, restaurants, stores, farmers' markets & institutions that sell locally produced food
  2. Listed in the Online Food Guidebeneftis
  3. Sent a BFBLN Certificate & POP display cards for their business, restuarant or market
  4. Promoted through the webstie, email & Facebook
  5. Featured in a weekly Featured Member of the Week article!

(Members choosing to join after February 2014 will not be in the printed food guide for this year due to printing dates)

Membership Responsibilities

  • Display the Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska (BFBLN) Membership Certificate and use the BFBLN POP cards with display/s of local foods.
  • Use only official and unmodified versions of BFBLN brand graphics and language, consistently applying the style of the brand (color, fonts, etc.) in any public forum, and use materials only in con-nection with local foods, or other locally grown products.
  • Utilize the brand materials for a period of one year only. If this licensing agreement is not re-newed, or if a member is removed or voluntarily withdraws from the program, member agrees to discontinue all use of the brand graphics and lan-guage.
  • Create a business profile for the website and send electronic or printed brochures and logo to BFBLN to be formally represented in promotional commu-nications and events.
  • Notify BFBLN of any significant public respons-es to the program (news coverage, customer testi-monials, etc.)
  • Each member should strive to distribute food guides throughout their area at farmers' market, restaurants, schools, in retail and community cen-ters etc. in your community.
  • Participation in an annual post-season survey to demonstrate a commitment to local purchasing & measuring the impact of the program.


Market Connections & Featured Member of the Week

Through "Market Connections" BFBLN is adding new in-depth, information about your business on our website!

This includes:

  • Descriptive paragraph about 200 words (practices, history, upcoming events, etc.)
  • Logo and/or photos
  • Map showing your location (if you choose)
  • Links to your website, Facebook, Twitter
  • One week of publicity on BFBLN website and Facebook page through Featured Member of the Week
  • A great way for you to connect to consumers searching for exceptional flavor & nutritional density!

This information will expand on the 2014 Local Food Guide and BFBLN website listing, giving consumers expanded information about your farm/ranch/busines /market! There will be a "take note" included in the 2014 Local Food Guide informing readers of the additional member information available on the website.

It's easy, fun, free, and far reaching—all with your membership!! Just answer the questions on the other side, attach some great photos depicting your business (1-5), and email!


  1. Tell us about your farm/ranch/business/farmers' market.
  2. Why do you think local food/products are important?
  3. How long have you been producing/working with local food/products?
  4. (If farmers' market) How many vendors do you have?
  5.  How long have you been a member of BFBLN?
  6. Why did you choose to become a member of BFBLN?
  7. How has BFBLN helped you?

Don't forget to attach your photos & logo!

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You can also post additional information on our website including: events, specials, locations at events, etc.—by emailing!

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Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska Contact

Phone: 402-472-5273
Billene Nemec:
Linda Tesch: