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95th Street Farmers Market Opens in South Naperville

A brand new farmers market opened in south Naperville on June 7the 95th Street Farmers Market. Following months of planning, Naperville Park District and the 95th Street Library had everything prepared for the vendors and shoppers—even cancellation signs in the event that the predicted storms became severe.

 
Fortunately, the storms never came and the day dawned bright and clear. The vendors arrived and so did the crowds. In fact, more than 1,400 people visited on opening day between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. DeEtta’s Bakery sold all of the baked goods that they brought by 5:00 p.m. “The time frame was perfect,” said Sophie Henley, who was on site from DeEtta’s. “We go to seven other farmers markets and are always looking for new ones.”
 
These delicious items sold quickly at DeEtta’s stand

There were 14 vendors at the market on June 7, bringing a variety of fresh and unique foods and goods. Located in the parking lot of the 95th Street Library on Cedar Glade Drive, the market will continue weekly on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. through September 27, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, patrons can check the Naperville Park District’s Weather Cancellations Tab for updates.
 
   Windy Acres Farm in Geneva brought fresh produce and more

I was able to stop by the market at 6:00 p.m. on June 7 to take photos and talk with some of the vendors. Most still had plenty of goods to offer and shoppers continued to arrive, browsing at a more relaxed pace.
Sunset Growers’ hanging baskets
Degusto’s oils, vinegars and olives

Larry and Peggy Boik, owners of Great Harvest in Gartner Plaza in Naperville, were happy about the day. “We were blown away by the response,” said Peggy. “We were not expecting many people, but it was nonstop. I feel there is a real need for a farmers market in this area –it’s filling a gap.”  Living nearby themselves, they spread the word to their neighborhood and invited a few other vendors to join them.

 
Great Harvest sold more than 150 loaves of bread          

Great Harvest owners Peggy & Larry Boik
 
Phil Wingo, founder of Sandhill Coffee, offered sustainably sourced coffee from Ethiopia, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica, which he roasts in small batches and sells in 12-oz. bags. His company is committed to donating 1% of profits to environmental nonprofits.
 Phil Wingo talks with customers at Sandhill Coffee

Grumpy Gaucho still had some empanadas left for me to sample, and they were delicious. The library staff set up picnic tables on the lawn where market shoppers could enjoy treats like these from the food trucks, which also included TCBY.

Naturally Special Farms offered 100% natural meat, eggs, heritage grains, jams, jellies and more.
 


 Frosted Fig brought tasty, small-batch baked goods.


You can see the current list of vendors here. Check back from time to time, as the list is likely to change. For additional details, check the June 8 story in the Naperville Sun.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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