State and local tourism officials gathered at Rendleman Orchards Farm Market on Wednesday July 18th, 2018 to honor the centennial farm with a plaque and admission into the Illinois Made Program.
The Illinois Made program is an initiative organized by the Illinois Office of Tourism to highlight small business owners who create unique products, which often attract tourists. Tourism Director Cory Jobe, who presented the award, said last year 114 million tourists from across the United States and around the world visited Illinois and spent 37 Billion dollars in the state. Jobe said it's the many small businesses like Rendleman Orchard and Farm Market that are responsible for the drawing visitors to Illinois.
To learn more about Rendleman Orchards in Union County visit: http://www.rendlemanorchards.com/
Jobe said the Illinois Made Program began two years ago and now has 130 Illinois Makers statewide, with 20 in the southern 10 counties of the state.
To learn more about the Illinois Made Program, browse to: https://www.enjoyillinois.com/illinois-made
To learn more about the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau visit: https://southernmostillinois.com/contact/
"In 2017 114 million tourists from the United States and around the world visited Illinois and spent 37 Billion dollars in Illinois." Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism