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95th Street Farmers Market Vendor Story: Six Generations Farmin’ Local, Inc.

he Naperville Park District’s 95th Street Farmers Market continues on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. through September 26.  After a successful first season, we welcome both returning and new vendors to expand the variety of home-grown and locally produced food and other items.

This is one of several blog posts highlighting the vendors that make up the 95th Street Farmers Market.

Another returning vendor is Six Generations’ Farmin’ Local, Inc. With farms in multiple locations, including northern and southern Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky, Six Generations brings a large variety of fruits and vegetables to the market. For example, when I visited their stand on June 27, they already had sweet corn and peaches from their southern locations.
True to its name, the farm has been in the family for six generations. Employees like Cullen, who was working the market the day I visited, assist the family by handling multiple farmers markets each week. They attend two markets during the week and 13 on the weekend. Six Generations sends a truck from Carbondale, IL to the 95th Street Farmers Market each week, which is about a four-hour drive. 
Visit the Six Generations Farmin’ Local stand at the 95th Street Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. through September 26.  The Market is located at the 95th Street Library parking lot on Cedar Glade Drive and 95th Street.

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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.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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