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95th Street Farmers Market Vendor Story: Windy Acres Farm

The 95th Street Farmers Market returns to Naperville beginning June 6! After a successful first season, we are looking forward to welcoming back many of our vendors and anticipate the delicious produce and home-grown or home-made products that they will bring to south Naperville.

This is the first of several blog posts highlighting a few of the great vendors that make up the 95th Street Farmers Market.
One of our returning vendors is Windy Acres Farm from Geneva, Illinois. Offering a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, they also bring honey, eggs, baked goods and fresh flowers. 
 
The Srail family owns and manages the farm and all of its related activities. Wayne and Daryl Srail are the parents who established the farm in 1985, and now their four children each have a unique role in running the day-to-day operations. Jaime Srail manages the family’s participation in local farmers markets, co-manages the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) business, and hires and schedules employees for the farm. In 2018, Jamie was on site at the 95th Street Farmers Market, one of 12 markets that they attend each week.

“It’s a lot of work,” Jaime said, “but we all pitch in. Growing up on the farm, we learned to work together. Everything we grow is hand planted and picked. We use organic practices when we can, for example, using ladybugs instead of spray for pest control.”

Jaime Srail (left) and Anna Murray


Summer fruits and vegetables include asparagus, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, kale, onions, watermelon, peaches, pears, cantaloupe, berries, and more. As fall approaches, Windy Acres features honey crisp apples, concord grapes, hard squash and pumpkins. They also offer apple cider and apple cider donuts made fresh by their bakery. 
 
Be sure to visit Windy Acres Farm at the 95th Street Farmers Market for a taste of delicious, locally grown produce and more.


Coming up next:  Peep, Inc., featuring organic, pastured eggs and pork.


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To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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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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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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